Theis is the real deal in Celtics’ debut

2017-10-03T07:27:32+00:00 2017-10-03T07:31:04+00:00.

Aris Barkas

03/Oct/17 07:27

German rookie Daniel Theis stole the show in his NBA debut for the Boston Celtics during their preseason-opening win over the Charlotte Hornets.

By Eurohoops team/

Theis came off the bench to lead the team in points (12) and rebounds (7) in just 14 minutes of action. He also had three assists, one steal and one block in the most impressive Euro-rookie performance yet.

“I just tried to bring some energy and have fun out there,” Theis said after the win according to the official Boston Celtics site. “And I think I did a pretty good job.”

“He was really good,” coach Brad Stevens reflected. “He was quick to the rim, and we needed that. He was getting behind on rolls, got his hands on a couple of balls and kept them alive, had the tip-dunk at the end of the quarter off of the roll. And that’s what he does best. He can shoot the ball, he can play in space, but he’s very quick to the rim.”

“I’ve been playing professionally for eight years, so it was something new, but it still was not so new,” said the three-time German League champion and four-time German League All-Star. “I just tried to enjoy it and just play basketball. It’s the same game I’ve been playing for years.”