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How can you not love Gigi Datome?

This guy has more than proven his worth on the floor right now. No offense to James Young, but Luigi (or Gigi, as he prefers it) Datome clearly is more ready to make an impact on the floor, every second of it when he was out there against the Orlando Magic.

Watch this play in the first quarter, where he notices Aaron Gordon helping to cover Olynyk. Datome promptly runs to a passing lane, Pressey notices and dishes the ball out. Open three, swished.

Or this one, where Evan Turner was forcing Oladipo to make a move. Gigi was anticipating the drive, and got there in time to take a successful charge. Watch the little fist pump when he was still down, guy is hyped.

Datome ended the game with only seven minutes of play, with 3 points (1/3 FG), 1 rebound and 1 turnover, nothing you would call staggering. His minutes have been spotty so far (from 2-21 minutes), but it’s not unimaginable to see him getting a consistent 10-12 minutes per game, and even be kept on the team in the next season. Gigi is not the most athletic player out there, and isn’t exactly the next incarnation of Vinsanity. He is smart, knows to put in effort when he’s out there, and is a fair shooter from deep. All of these are qualities coach Stevens would be looking for, when evaluating candidates for our pace-and-space system.

All that can be said for right now? Datome’s staying ready, and getting rewarded for it.


Related reading: Who is Luigi Datome? via Basketball Insiders

Isaiah Thomas’ Fit In Boston

When the Phoenix Suns decided to trade away point guard Isaiah Thomas at the trade deadline, the Boston Celtics were pretty quick to start throwing out proposals. They were able to land one of the most dynamic small players in the game, and management is hoping that he will be able to help the rebuilding process. Boston might not be a legitimate contender right now, but is Thomas in the long-term plans?

Anyone who has watched Boston play this year understands that they really lack a guy capable of creating his own shot. Even though Thomas is at a disadvantage with his height being under 6’0”, he is very crafty in creating for himself and others.

Thomas isn’t a very good defender, and that has been a severe negative for him early on in his career. However, landing in Boston might be the best situation for him to hide that shortcoming. With Marcus Smart and Avery Bradley on the roster, Boston has 2 guys who are well known for their defense. Boston can go ahead and hide Thomas on someone else who is more of a spot up shooter.

In Phoenix, the fit just did not seem right for Thomas as he had to share time with 2 players who were better than him in Eric Bledsoe and Goran Dragic.

Thomas definitely has a few flaws, but he is already showing that he is a fan favorite in Boston. As long as he is able to stay healthy and productive, he has a long-term future with this team. Ideally, he probably is best as an explosive scorer off the bench, but he can also be used as a starter if that is the way Brad Stevens wants to go early on.


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Isaiah Thomas to Boston for Thornton and 2016 first-rounder, per Adrian Woj

The Wojfather is working overtime with a mindblowing flood this trade deadline! Can’t say I don’t like the sound of that. A ’16 pick and Thornton for Thomas? What a deal, Danny. Welcome to Beantown, Isaiah.

Rondo comes alive on defense once more, and Bill Simmons is “not bitter”

A little late, but still gold. Love Simmons.