Boston Celtics

The Celtics haven’t played nearly as well lately as they did to start the 2017-18 season. But Fox Sports 1 hot take artist Nick Wright is taking it a step further. He believes that the Celtics are not only not as good as they looked to start the season, they’re actually worse than last season’s team.

You can listen to Wright’s latest scorcher in the above video. The guy thrives on coming up with controversial, polarizing arguments and clearly enjoys trolling the Boston fanbase. So it’s hard to take him seriously here, when he argues that this year’s Celtics are a “slightly lesser version” of the 2016-17 C’s.

Especially when he leads right out with ‘Jae Crowder last year was better than Jayson Tatum this year.’ And also implies that they’d be better off with Isaiah Thomas (last year’s version, anyway) than Kyrie Irving.

Why His Argument Sucks

Kyrie Irving of the Boston Celtics looks on during the singing of the national anthem before the game against the New York Knicks at TD Garden on Oct. 24, 2017. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Kyrie Irving of the Boston Celtics looks on during the singing of the national anthem before the game against the New York Knicks at TD Garden on Oct. 24, 2017. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Never mind that simple math would kill his argument. The Celtics (40-19) are on pace for 56 wins right now, which would actually represent a slight improvement over last year’s 53-29 record. Those literal facts don’t necessarily mean that this year’s team is better than last year … but when Jae Crowder is the top bullet point for your take, the whole argument is destined to collapse on itself. Even post-rookie wall Jayson Tatum should be better than Jae Crowder.

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We can probably agree that the C’s right now aren’t as dominant as they looked to start the season. But they’re absolutely better than last year’s team. That won’t stop Nick Wright and his annoying face from spewing takes like this.

— By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com

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