The one concern I have had with Smart since he has entered the league is his offensive aggressiveness. Anyone that saw this kid play in college could tell how much of a bully, or bulldog, he was on the drive and in the paint. Where did that go? Smart all of a sudden only shoots contested threes. Well, now as he gets older I believe that sort of immature offensive awareness and shot selection will be miniscule. He just has to drive...dude you are the size of an NFL linebacker!
Anyways, Smart is obviously going to continue his defensive level of play, and he has been showing increase in his offense. So, it is safe to assume this guy will be a better player and more crucial player to the team in the 2016 NBA season.
I believe Rozier is going to be that guy that minimizes the absence of Evan Turner. Turner was very important to the Celtics' success in 2015, but now he is gone. He was a great scorer off the bench. Rozier has the skills and what seems to be the intangibles as well to succeed at the highest level. It may be a crazy prediction, but I could see Rozier starting at the two over Avery Bradley by the end of the season. Not saying it will happen, just saying I could see it happening.
Again, I am simply excited by Rozier. That may be the root of all of my positive predictions for him. None the less, he will have a far better season than how he performed last year. That is inevitable. He is going to have a much larger role in 2016. This will result in more touches, meaning more points, and more game impact.
Lastly, we cannot forget the fact that Terry Rozier is also a phenomenal defender. He may be taking a back seat to Smart, Bradley, and Crowder. However, he has just as much defensive skill as anyone of those guys and he adds an athleticism that is unmatched.
So there you have it, Marcus Smart and Terry Rozier are my "risers" for the upcoming Celtics season. Be on the lookout for these two to absolutely kill it.
Also, my two honorable mentions include James Young (because I am still keeping my hopes alive on him) and Jordan Mickey (because he is a savage).
Let me know what you think!