The Boston Celtics are currently one of the best teams in the NBA after an offseason full of changes. The C’s landed Kemba Walker to replace controversial point guard Kyrie Irving and so far things are going just fine for them.
Right now the Celtics rank 2nd in the East standings, with Kemba having pretty good performances in the process. This has led people to wonder how different things were with Kyrie last season, and Twitter user NBAStatGuy got to work to collect data and compare Kemba and Kyrie’s first 20 games at the Garden.
Kembas first 20 games with Boston vs Kyrie's first 20 games with Boston…Just a reminder..
Record: 15-5 vs 17-3
OffRtg: 110 vs 105.6
DefRtg: 103.2 vs 98.1
NetRtg: 6.9 vs 7.5
Pts: 21.9 vs 22.9
FG%: 40.9 vs 47.6
3P%: 39.6 vs 36.9
Ast: 5.1 vs 5.1
+/-: 5 vs 7.2 https://t.co/O93ngMOXSc
— NBAStatGuy🧢 (@NBAStatGuy_) 6 de diciembre de 2019
If you take a look at it, the Celtics’ record was actually better with Irving. When we talk about the individual stats, Irving was also slightly better than Walker, averaging 22.9 points per game with 47.6% on FG.
Still, there is something that makes a big difference between the two stars and that’s their chemistry with teammates and how comfortable they look on the floor. It’s widely known that Irving never could get along with his teammates in Boston, which led the team to have an awful season that ended an awful way against the Milwaukee Bucks in the postseason.
Of course, numbers matter, but that’s not the only thing you need to have a successful team. In that department, it looks like Kemba is beating Kyrie by a considerable margin.