Welcome back to the Celtics season tipoff countdown!

Each day, we’ll give a review of news surrounding the Celtics. We’ll also look back in history to see what happened on today’s date in team history (August 16th). To round out the day’s post, we’ll give you stats and fun facts related to the number of days remaining before the first game (60 today). Let’s get to it!

Recent Team News

Not a lot is going on in the Celtics universe right now, but Bleacher Report recently released an article of the most overhyped players going into this season. Guess who’s number one? Jayson Tatum. The piece argues that he’ll have to reduce his role going into this year, and that the sample size is too small. I guess there’s just another place where the Celtics will have to show the media what’s really happening.

In other news, Danny Ainge’s Twitter account has been pretty entertaining as of late. He recently took shots at both Jaylen Brown and Terry Rozier after videos of them were posted. Check it out:

On This Date

August 16, 2000: The Celtics take part in a four-team transaction. The team ships Dana Barros to the Mavericks and Danny Fortson to the Warriors. In exchange, they received Hot Rod Williams from the Mavericks, and a first round pick from the Jazz.

August 16, 2004: The Celtics sign Tom Gugliotta. The forward played sparingly over 20 games for the team.

Stats (2017-18)

  • Kyrie Irving appeared in 60 games for Boston, starting in each one before a season-ending injury in March.
  • Aron Baynes averaged 6.0 points over 18.3 minutes per game.

Fun Facts

  • Since the 2009 season, with the exception of the 2012 season, every Celtics team has had at least one player under 6’0 in height. (Nate Robinson, Phil Pressey, Isaiah Thomas, Shane Larkin)
  • The 1960 Celtics won the NBA finals in seven games against the St. Louis Hawks. Red Auerbach coached the team to a 59-16 record that season.

That concludes today’s Countdown to Celtics Tipoff. Make sure to check back here tomorrow as the clock continues to tick towards the 2018-19 season!