However, Gallinari tore his ACL while playing for the Italian national team during the FIBA EuroBasket competition. Consequently, he's yet to suit up for the Celtics after signing a two-year contract with the club.
Nonetheless, while his ACL injury has long been expected to keep him out for the regular season, Gallinari is holding out hope that he can return to the team during the playoffs.
“My mindset is that I want to play, and that I’m going to play at the end of the season,” Gallinari tells the Boston Globe's Adam Himmelsbach. “I want to play in the playoffs.”
At 34-years-old and coming off of a major injury, it's unclear how much Gallinari can or expects to contribute to the Celtics in the postseason.
Boston, to their credit, has faced all of their obstacles in stride and currently have the best record in the league at 35-14.
Even without Gallinari, their offense is one of the best in the NBA.
The Celtics are ranked second in scoring average (117.6 points per game) and third in offensive efficiency (117.6 offensive rating).
Defensively, an area where Gallinari may hinder the team rather than help, the Celtics are excelling. Boston is holding opponents to 112.0 points per game, which ranks eighth in the league.
Still, the added firepower won't hurt. Teams will throw everything they can at Tatum and Brown during the playoffs and other players will need to step up.
Gallinari, averaging 15.6 points per game for his career while shooting 38.2 percent from 3, may be just what the doctor ordered.