Who’ll Get Demoted

The Celtics approximately lost 53.2 shot attempts this summer. That donut shaped hole can do only positive things for the Celtics even if the ceiling is considerably lowered. Despite the loses of Kyrie Irving, Al Horford, Marcus Morris and Terry Rozier, the subsequent signing of Kemba Walker allows the team to recover much of the points the foursome produced.

In a potential matchup versus the Philadelphia 76ers and Milwaukee Bucks the best player on the court will be on the opposing side. What the Celtics have is the 2nd, 3rd and fourth best players if Jaylen Brown and Gordon Hayward round out to what we’re expecting them to become.

Boston faces many questions for the upcoming season. Not just at center, but for their bench. You can’t sit Hayward, unless if he’s still the shell of his past self. Given the talent – or lack thereof – Brad Stevens has his work cut out for him trying to score with the personnel he’ll have. Hayward needs to be put in a position to succeed. Asking him to return to form playing next to multiple rookies and Semi Ojeleye is the equivalent of finding the light switch in the dark.

Perhaps Stevens can tap Jaylen Brown for the role as the sixth man. I know neither of us want Brown out of the starting lineup and it was noticeable Brown chaffed at the demotion last season. But later in the season he found his stride coming off the bench as the energy guy primarily tasked with attacking the basket ultimately wielding free reign with the court acting as his playground. Brown scores a impressing plus-4.2 net rating as a reserve, shooting 48/38/67 splits far better than his 42/27/61 marks as a starter.

Over the course of his career Brown had little issue taking the ball to the rack, however finishing is a different story. In 2018-19 Brown converted on 65.7 percent of his 175 attempts in the restricted-area. It is logical to argue Brown found his stride as a sixth man and shove Marcus Smart into the starting shooting guard role.

If Smart is the sixth man you’re selling out for defense. Which is possible. Carsen Edwards is big enough to guard either backcourt position and his 6’6 wingspan leads me to believe he’ll be better than we all expect. Semi Ojeleye, Grant and Robert Williams can round out the rest of the floor and the Celtics can just grind games to a halt.

There’s a lot of time left for Boston to decide who’ll be starting and who won’t. But the options are limited.

Author: sailboatstudios

Hack. Amateur. Professional quitter.

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