Celtics Spotlight: Daniel Theis
Daniel Theis is the first player to get hit with B Mo's Celtics spotlight heading into the season.
Not much was expected from the rookie forward out of Germany heading into last season. It didn't take long for Celtics fans to take notice of the big man coming off the bench. His defensive energy helped fuel the second unit. His scoring ability helped provide an interior presence on the offensive end.
With injuries to Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving, it's easy to forget that Theis also missed the playoffs for the Celtics with a torn meniscus. He was a primary role player all season, and his absence left a glaring need for some depth along the front court. Theis talked about the process of coming back from injury at Celtics Media Day.
While his numbers last year weren't staggering, his presence was undeniable. He fit into Brad Stevens' system seamlessly and was able to produce. Having that extra big body to battle and rebound inside should help the Celtics this season. Theis averaged 4.3 rebounds per game while just playing around 15 minutes per game, and almost 11 rebounds per 36 minutes. The extra help on the glass will be welcomed with open arms this season.
Theis will look to carve out a few more minutes this season and improve on an efficient 61 percent shooting percentage from inside the three-point line. Keep an eye on Theis this season. I'm expecting good things.