Milestones To Watch for in 2016-17

The 2016-17 Celtics season is nearly upon us, and with a new campaign comes plenty of individual milestones that are on the horizon.

Below we have highlighted 20 statistical achievements that are in reach for Boston's 10 veteran members, and we've also provided a projection of when you can expect them to hit their various milestones this season.


Avery Bradley

Avery Bradley

10,000th minute – No current member of the C’s has played more minutes in a green and white uniform than Avery Bradley. He’s averaged 27.3 minutes per game for a total of 9,784 minutes during his six seasons in Boston. The guard has to play just 216 more minutes to hit the 10,000 mark, which he should accomplish seven or eight games into the regular season.

500th 3-pointer – Bradley has seen his 3-point total rise during each of his six NBA seasons. He canned a career-best 147 treys last season, giving him a career total of 412. If Bradley can continue last season’s pace by hitting 1.9 3s per game, he should be able to reach his 500th by late January.


Jae Crowder

Jae Crowder

1,000th field goal – Jae Crowder came alive offensively last season and made a career-high 360 field goals, after totaling just 500 during his first three seasons combined. Now he just needs 140 more makes to reach the 1,000 plateau. If the 26-year-old forward can hit about five shots per game like he did last season, he’ll likely see his 1,000th make come around Christmas.

300th 3-pointer – After nailing a career-best 122 triples last season, Crowder needs to sink just four more to reach 300. If Crowder can come out of the gate hot, we could see him hit this milestone as early as the first game of the season.


Gerald Green

Gerald Green

500th game – Only two current Celtics have logged more than 500 career games: Amir Johnson (665) and Al Horford (578). One other member will likely see his name added to that list during the first week of the season, as Gerald Green enters the campaign just three games shy of 500.

5,000th point – It’s highly possible that on the same night that Green suits up for his 500th career game, he’ll also earn his 5,000th career point. At the moment, he sits just 22 points shy of that mark. When he left Boston in 2007, the young guard had 1,010 points to his name; he has since upped that number to 4,978 points. With a career average of exactly 10.0 points per game, Green is projected to hit the 5,000 mark during his 500th game, which should take place Oct. 29 in Charlotte.


Al Horford

Al Horford

4,000th field goal – Al Horford may be one of the newest members of the Celtics, but he is by far the most experienced. Because of that experience, the majority of his statistics are miles beyond any other Boston player. For example, Horford has made 3,544 field goals in his career, which is 1,418 more than the next-closest Celtic, Amir Johnson. Horford has made at least 500 field goals during each of his last four full NBA seasons, so, barring any significant injury, he should easily be able to reach his 4,000th by season’s end.

500th steal – On the defensive end, Horford has established himself as a proficient rebounder and shot-blocker, but he’s also one of the top active centers in career steals. He snagged 68 steals during each of the last two seasons, so with him sitting at 482 career steals to this point, he should be able to reach his 500th by early December.


Jonas Jerebko

Jonas Jerebko

2,000th rebound – Jonas Jerebko tallied 282 rebounds during the 2014-15 season and 288 last season. He needs to maintain that uniform pace to reach his 2,000th career board this season, as he’s currently 284 away from that mark.

3,000th point – It’s difficult to predict how much playing time Jerebko will receive this season, but he should absolultey be able to reach the 3,000-point plateau at some point. He currently has 2,732 career points, meaning he’d only need to average roughly 3.3 points per game to reach that milestone.


Amir Johnson

Amir Johnson

750th block – Horford is currently Boston’s top shot-blocker on the team on a per-game basis. Amir Johnson, however, has a slight edge in career blocks, with 720 to Horford’s 697. Johnson swatted 94 shots last season, and reached at least 110 blocks in each of his previous three seasons with Toronto, so he should be able to reach 750 career blocks by some point in December.

57.4 percent career field goal percentage – This isn't a milestone that Johnson is looking to reach, but rather maintain. Boston’s veteran big is currently ranked seventh all-time with his impressive 57.4 percent clip from the field, and based on last season when he shot 58.5 percent, he’s showing no sign of decline.


Kelly Olynyk

Kelly Olynyk

1,000th field goal Kelly Olynyk currently sits 262 field goals shy of 1,000 makes for his career, and if he can stay healthy, he should be able to hit that mark by season’s end. He’s never hit more than 253 shots in a season, though he also has never played more than 70 games during a campaign. Olynyk is coming off right shoulder surgery in May, so if he can maintain his health, he would just need to make about 3.3 shots per game – 0.3 fewer than his career average – to reach 1,000 field goals.

100th block – Olynyk is not known for his shot-blocking – he averages about 0.5 per game – but the 7-footer should be able to collect his 100th career block during the first week of the season. He currently sits right on the edge of that milestone at 99 swats.


Marcus Smart

Marcus Smart

500th rebound – Marcus Smart has proven during his first two NBA seasons that he’s not afraid to put his body on the line when it comes to pursuing rebounds. He averaged 4.2 boards per game last season, and is now just 23 shy of reaching his 500th career rebound. Smart should have no problem hitting that mark by the middle of November.

500th assist – Now that Evan Turner is gone, it’s expected that Smart will take on a heavier ball-handling role during his third season with the Celtics. More time spent handling the ball means there will be more opportunities for assists for the young guard. Given that he currently has 393 dimes to his name, he should easily be able to dish out his 500th career assist by the midway point of the season.


Isaiah Thomas

Isaiah Thomas

2,000th free throw – Isaiah Thomas swished the fourth-most free throws in the league last season, with 476 makes. That leaves him 471 shy of 2,000 for his career, which he certainly could reach by the end of this season. Fewer than 50 active players have reached 2,000 free throw makes, and most of those guys have played many more seasons than Boston’s flashy scorer.

1,000th rebound – Thomas, at 5-foot-9, is the shortest active player in the NBA, but he somehow managed to corral 3.0 rebounds per game last season. He enters the 2016-17 campaign with 935 career boards, so he should be able to bring down his 1,000th rebound by early December.


Tyler Zeller

Tyler Zeller

2,500th point – It’s difficult to tell how much court time Zeller will see this season due to Boston’s log jam in the frontcourt, but the 7-foot center should have no issue logging his 2,500th point this season. He needs just 294 points to reach that mark, which is 70 fewer than the career-low he tallied last season while averaging just 11.8 minutes per game.

1,000th field goal – This milestone goes somewhat hand in hand with the previous one. If Zeller can log some quality minutes, he should be able to hit his 1,000th career field goal at some point this season. He hit 138 shots last season and is currently just 121 away from 1,000.

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