The offseason is yet to conclude, and the Celtics already are looking at a far different roster dynamic than last year. So, below (just like i did last year before the season) I will illustrate what I think the roster and rotation will look like.
This will all depend on if the roster we see today, 7/17/17, will closely reflect the roster than we see on opening night.
PG: Isaiah Thomas, 32min
SG: Marcus Smart, 25min
SF: Gordon Hayward, 34min
PF: Marcus Morris, 28min
C: Al Horford, 31min
So yes, this is a relatively small lineup. However, the Celtics are almost forced to play with Horford at the 5, and as "the big" as of right now. They did a simpler thing last year, but he started alongside Amir Johnson. Morris will be more of a perimeter player than Amir ever was.
PG: Terry Rozier, 10min
SG: Jaylen Brown, 20min
SF: Jae Crowder, 17min/Jayson Tatum
PF: Jayson Tatum, 17min/Jae Crowder
C: Aron Baynes, 15min/Ante Zizic, 8min
(This is heavily weighing the chances all of these names pan out and are able to play in the NBA. If that is not the case, these minutes will obviously change)
This second unit might change, A LOT. But with the mix of young talent in there, there is a boatload of potential. Each of the above names brings something different to the table. Also, I've heard a bit of buzz from my sources about a potential "off the bench spark." Things may change. Again, this is based on today's roster.
So, other than the second unit names... these are my best guesses for the guys that may be on the team. They will not be playing a consistent amount of minutes night in and night out. Some nights, more than others, some less.
(About THREE of these names will stand when it comes time to start the season)
- Semi Ojeleye, F
- Daniel Theis, F
- Guerschon Yabusele, F
- Abdel Nader, F
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