Sports Illustrated ranks Isaiah Thomas 88th-best player in NBA, he isn't pleased

Ben Golliver and Rob Mahoney of Sports Illustrated compiled an extensive ranking of the "Top 100 NBA Players for 2016," with numbers 100-51 released today.  Isaiah Thomas checks in at No. 88, and Amir Johnson is right behind him at No. 89.They are the only two Celtics players on the list.  Let's think about that for a quick second--barring the astonishing revelation that somebody...
Via Celtics Life
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Which Boston Celtic is most likely to underachieve?

The Boston Celtics have high expectations this season, but that doesn't mean every player on the team will live up to them on an individual level. Here's a look at a few players who could fall short and disappoint in the 2015-16 season, including James Young, who had a wildly discouraging go at the Salt Lake City and Las Vegas Summer Leagues. Here's the consensus from ESPN's Celtics...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Several Celtics ‘NBA 2K16’ ratings leaked

The Boston Celtics played their way to a 15-win improvement and the NBA playoffs last season, but it doesn’t seem to have translated into much success in the video game world. A screen shot allegedly leaked from the new installment of the “NBA 2K” series — “2K16” — features six members of the Boston Celtics. This screenshot reveals LeBron James #NBA2K16 Rating...
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Your Morning Dump… Where we help ESPN Boston see the future

Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big story line. Because there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump. Safe to say, the start of training camp can’t come soon enough. But in the meantime, Chris Forsberg, long-time Celtics beat writer for ESPN Boston, is publishing his annual Celtics Summer Forecast. Chris has...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Watch Amir Johnson hit a shot on a PhunkeeDuck

Ever since Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith rode a PhunkeeDuck into Quicken Loans Arena during the NBA Finals, the transportation device has taken NBA players by storm. It's the way to get from location A to location B. And if you're Boston Celtics big man Amir Johnson, it doubles a helpful work-out tool.Not that this has anything to do with the video above, but Boston's shiny...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Pistons: Can the Pistons make the playoffs in 2015?

The last time the Detroit Pistons made a trip to the postseason, it was 2009.  Since then, the Pistons have been lackluster.  They’ve gone through several coaching changes, all of which failed to reach the success the Pistons’ had in the mid 2000’s, when they appeared in six straight Eastern Conference championship series. However, with their best coaching change since Larry...
15 days ago  |  Discuss

The Celtics have had a sneaky good offseason

DeAndre Jordan, LeMarcus Aldridge and Kevin Love will all play at the TD Garden this season. Just not for the Celtics.Nevertheless, the Celtics have had a quietly successful offseason, bringing in quality talent while not taking a major cap hit.The acquisitions of David Lee and Amir Johnson are the most apparent of those under the radar moves. In fact, Alex Kennedy of Basketball...
Via Celtics Life
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Boston Celtics: What Should Be Their Second Unit?

(Source: Maddie Meyer/Getty Images North America) By Mike Elworth: Owner and Publisher/Hoopstuff… Recently we published an article on what the Boston Celtics’ starting five should be for this upcoming season. Now, we take a look at how they should structure their bench. With a starting five of Marcus Smart, Avery Bradley, Evan Turner, Amir Johnson and Kelly Olynyk, Boston are...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Amir Johnson joins Team USA for showcase game

There were no Celtics among the 34 NBA players chosen for this summer's Team USA training camp, but with many of the biggest stars sitting out Thursday's USA Basketball Showcase, new Boston power forward Amir Johnson was among those invited to take part. Johnson came off the bench for the blue team, which had Harrison Barnes, Bradley Beal, DeMar DeRozan, Andre Drummond and Kenneth...
Via Celtics Life
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Your Morning Dump… Where Amir Johnson gets some run with Team USA

Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big story line. Because there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump. Because the national team will not compete in any tournaments this summer, a bunch of stars opted not to play. Most who did treated the event like the Rising Stars Challenge, an exhibition where shots are rarely...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Amir Johnson will play in USA basketball scrimmage tonight

Celtics forward/center Amir Johnson will participate in tonight's USA Basketball Showcase in Las Vegas, according to a press release.Johnson was not one of the 34 selected to take part in minicamp, but, because he lives close by, he along with Elfrid Payton, Arron Afflalo, Terrance Jones and C.J. Watson will take part in the scrimmage portion.The C's big man will be on the Blue Team...
Via Celtics Life
21 days ago  |  Discuss

David Aldridge ranks Celtics offseason 11th best out of 30 NBA teams

Both these guys are Celtics now, but will they still be around in 2016-17?  Photo via Wikimedia.More from the "only news because it's August" department,'s David Aldridge recently wrote a column ranking the offseasons of all 30 NBA franchises.  Your Boston Celtics check in at No. 11.Aldridge calls assistant general manager Mike Zarren "the key man," citing his role in the...
Via Celtics Life
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Did Boston Celtics not have a top-10 offseason?

The Boston Celtics did not sign an All-Star free agent this summer. They were also unable to package enough picks to move up in the draft and land their man. From that perspective, things were a bit frustrating.But all in all the Celtics still had a really solid offseason, bringing in Amir Johnson and David Lee and retaining Jonas Jerebko and Jae Crowder. Here's a reasonable take...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

Boston Celtics Still Remain in Strong Position Despite Quiet Offseason

David Lee #10 of the Golden State Warriors shoots the ball against the Boston Celtics during the game on March 1, 2015 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Mandatory Credit: Getty Images) After a much anticipated off-season, the Boston Celtics stood pat for the most part and head into the 2015-2016 season in a similar position to last year. They have a substantial amount...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Should Boston Celtics un-retire some numbers?

When Amir Johnson signed with the Boston Celtics earlier this month, he selected to wear number 90 because all the other numbers he wanted were retired. It's not a recent problem for new players who come to Boston looking to put on their favorite number, or even a normal one. (When Jae Crowder was acquired by the club last December, he wore number 99.)Should the Celtics ease things...
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August 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Your Morning Dump… Where can you name the Celtics’ best player?

Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big story line. Because there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump. First, riddle me this: Who is the Celtics’ best player? Who are the Celtics’ best three players? Isaiah Thomas? Marcus Smart? Avery Bradley? Amir Johnson? Jae Crowder? Evan Turner? I have spent an unhealthy...
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August 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Here's how the Boston Celtics improved their defense

The Boston Celtics had a pretty solid defense last season. Despite a noticeable hole in the middle, Brad Stevens was able to institute a switch-happy scheme that proved effective against most opponents.Next year they should be even tougher, with Amir Johnson, Perry Jones (if he makes the team), Jordan Mickey and a full season of Jae Crowder in the fold. According to Celticsblog's...
Via Fox Sports
July 31, 2015  |  Discuss

The Celtics were free agency winners

A few weeks ago, everybody was freaking out about a supposedly stalled rebuild and the lack of firew…. ah, nevermind… While some people are still not happy with how things have gone, the doom and gloom is far from universal. In fact, ESPN just lumped Boston in with its free agency winners. On the basis of two sneaky-good moves by Danny Ainge and company, the Celtics have laid...
Via Red's Army
July 30, 2015  |  Discuss

The Celtics All-“Number Still In Circulation” Team

Amir Johnson is one of Boston’s newest Celtics. As a new member of the team, he gets to pick a new number. But, his options were a bit limited because, as he said… Every number 1-34 is basically retired. My first initial number, I picked No. 5, but I know there was going to kind of be some controversy with that because Kevin Garnett won a championship. So I knew that was pretty...
Via Red's Army
July 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Boston Celtics forward on strange number: 'The '90s were good'

The Boston Celtics came to an agreement with Amir Johnson a few weeks ago, but his official signing didn't happen until Monday, when the team held an introductory press conference.It was here Johnson first revealed what number he'll wear in Boston: 90. A strange choice. But Johnson's decision to wear it makes sense. Here's what he told reporters in attendance, per ESPN Boston's Chris...
Via Fox Sports
July 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Video: Amir Johnson explains why he chose No. 90, talks about his offense and 3-PT shooting

Amir Johnson: "I definitely know the fans will love me." — Jay King (@ByJayKing) July 27, 2015RELATED: Amir Johnson played for the Celtics once beforeFollow Mark Vandeusen on Twitter @LucidSportsFan
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July 29, 2015  |  Discuss

An updated look at how many draft picks the Boston Celtics actually own

The Boston Celtics have a ton of draft picks at their disposal. They essentially own the Brooklyn Nets' future and have incoming protected first rounders from places like Memphis and Dallas, too. Really, there's way too many draft picks for anyone to keep track off the top of their head, which is why the team was nice enough to pass out an updated list during Monday's introductory...
Via Fox Sports
July 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Amir Johnson on choosing number 90: “Every number 1-34 is basically retired”

The Boston Celtics signed one of the most underrated players in the NBA off-season in forward Amir Johnson. The former Toronto Raptors will bring a different attitude into the Celtics locker room full of young players. Johnson plays his heart out on both ends of the court which has gotten him a lot of respect around the league. After signing with the Celtics, Johnson ran into a little...
Via No Guts, No Glory
July 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Boston Celtics forward Amir Johnson: 'I definitely know the fans will love me'

The Boston Celtics made Amir Johnson their big free agent signing because he plays every possession as if it's his last. He's a sturdy spark plug with talent, someone who changes games on both sides of the ball and undeniably makes his team better. These are just a few of the reasons why Johnson knows he'll be embraced by his new fanbase this season. Here's what he said during Monday...
Via Fox Sports
July 28, 2015  |  Discuss

NBA Executive: Celtics’ Amir Johnson Was ‘Signing Of The Summer’ (Podcast)

Amir Johnson’s name might not have sparked much enthusiasm among Boston Celtics fans, but rival NBA executives across the league are raving about Danny Ainge’s most impactful offseason pickup. Ainge, the Celtics’ president of basketball operations, pulled off a coup when he signed the former Toronto Raptors big man to a team-friendly deal, more than one league source told MassLive’s...
July 28, 2015  |  Discuss
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