The countdown for tip-off of the 2019-20 season is underway as we are less than a month away. One of the teams looking to improve on their season is The Boston Celtics who in the coming weeks will look to mesh their new roster together.
The Celtics squad this year has a lot of potential to be great. Here is a breakdown of the new-look Celtics starting roster.
PG: Kemba Walker: The Celtics will openly welcome one of the best point guards in the NBA, with the exit of Kyrie Irving during the offseason. The former Charlotte Hornets point guard will have a very high workload being the center of attention. Through 8 years in Charlotte, Walker averaged 19.8 Points and 5.5 assists. If you pay attention to the SportsCenter top 10 plays, you definitely have seen Walker quite a few times. Some claim Walker as one of the best ball handlers in the league, but Walker may not have to do be the main focus this season with the emergence of Carsen Edwards.
SG: Marcus Smart: One of the most reliable defensive players in the league is coming back to play another season. Smart was selected to the NBA’s All-Defensive Team in 2019. There is no doubt Smart can lockdown some of the greatest guards in the game. Many doubted Smart for his lack of offense, but last year Smart averaged 42.2% from the field with 4 assists. Only improvements will come for Smart as he rises as one of the top lockdown guards in the league.
SF: Jayson Tatum: The starting forward position was easily handed to rising star Jayson Tatum. The young up and coming small forward has caught the eyes from every team as a potential matchup problem. Over the past 2 seasons, Tatum has averaged 14.9 points per game. Many people date back to Tatum’s dunk over Lebrun James in the 2018 NBA Eastern Conference Finals as the moment he officially arrived as a prominent player in the league.
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PF: Gordon Hayward: The power forward position has a new look this year. Hayward has moved from a small forward to a power forward this season in hopes of winning the spot over Rookie Grant Williams. Hayward came off a traumatic broken leg injury in the 2017 opener against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Hayward will look to get back to all-star material this season.
C: Enes Kanter: Spending his past few years in New York and Portland, Kanter will bring his talents to New England. The offensive threat has averaged 54.1 % from the field with 7.6 rebounds a game. The downside to Kanter being at a starter position is his lack of defense. There is no doubt that Brad Stevens will push Kanter to be a more all-around center. However, if Kanter does not live up to the expectation, the Celtics have put Robert Williams, Vincent Poirier, and Tacko Fall on the roster.
The Celtics have a lot of depth on this year’s roster with Carsen Edwards, Jaylen Brown, and Romeo Langford coming off the bench. Only time will tell how this young Celtics squad will play together.
2019-20 Prediction: 50-32
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