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Stepping up his game no fluke for Luke (Kornet)

 Decision time happens by January 10th for Brad Stevens on Luke Kornet's future with the Celtics. On that date, his $2.4 million deal for this season becomes fully-guaranteed. 

The fact that Boston sits atop the NBA with a 27-7 record should make Brad Stevens reluctant to tamper with his present troops. Add to that the reality that Luke is a great teammate and has recently shown a bit of a surge as a significant piece in the Celtics quest for Banner 18 (per The Athletics Jay King):

“Just a great locker room guy, gets along with everybody,” (Jaylen) Brown said. “He’s funny, so he kind of just uplifts everybody, even in moments where we don’t want to laugh.”

“I do feel like I thought I was there earlier in my life and my career,” Kornet said after racking up 20 points, eight rebounds, three assists and three blocks (vs. Raptors)  during his first start since May 16, 2021. “

I admit to being somewhat leery in the past of Luke's value as third-center option - as evidenced by my November article:

But for now, let's assume (hope?) that Luke's Nets performance was not a fluke, and Boston fans will see more of it in the near future.

My "hope" may have been realized. Luke won't be a star in the League, but he fits in Boston. Expect Stevens to guarantee his stay in Beantown for this season

Now, Luke, about that Kornet Kontest???


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