Interesting Offseason Coming
This past season has been a bumpy road for the Boston Celtics, to say the least. With some players keep getting injured or their performances not meeting expectations, the Celtics lineup could be completely different come the 2021-2022 season.
Which Current Players Will Be Able To Keep Their Starting Position?
At this point, it should be no surprise that Jayson Tatum will stay a starter. In the 64 games Tatum played this past season, he averaged 26.4 PPG, 7.4 RPG, and 4.3 APG. And after putting up multiple 50 point performances, he is the only guaranteed Celtic to start next season.
Don’t worry, I did not forget about Jaylen Brown, as he along with Tatum did not disappoint at all this season. The only reason why Brown does not have a guaranteed spot in the starting 5, is because of his injury. Brown had a season-ending surgery to repair the torn scapholunate ligament in his left wrist back in May. His timetable to resume basketball activities is 3 months (from when he got his surgery), which would be around June/August. But that is IF everything goes as planned. Nonetheless, there is still 6-7 months left until the beginning of the next season, so Brown’s surgery has plenty of time to heal and for him to get back in his groove.
Who Will Lose Their Starting Job?
Kemba Walker, this season, did not perform at the level his team needed him to. Kemba missed the first few weeks of the 2020-2021 season so he can rest his knee, and did not play a single back-to-back game. This “load management” was to make sure Kemba was 100% for the playoffs, but that didn’t happen. He got bone bruising in his knee and missed the last 2 games of the series against the Brooklyn Nets. After 2 years in Boston, there is a high chance we see a breakup between Kemba and Boston. Kemba played just 43 games this past season, and although he averaged 19.3 PPG, he could not stay consistent nor healthy.
Marcus Smart is also a big question mark for the upcoming season. The voice and heart of the Celtics has came to the end of his 4 year, $51,999,000 contract. Smart will most likely ask for a big pay this offseason, but does Boston find him that valuable at this point? It is either he gets paid less and will be traded.
Which Players Get a Starting Spot on Next Year’s Celtics?
After coming to Boston from Orlando at the trade deadline, Evan Fournier, in the 16 games, he played with Boston, averaged 13 PPG. After a slow start with the team, Fournier became an asset for Boston. Once he found his rhythm, his 3 point shooting became consistent. It would make the most sense to resign Fournier, as he will be a big weapon for Boston. If the Celtics big man Robert Williams III, aka “Time Lord”, is fully healthy and recovers from his turf toe injury, he will start as Boston’s starter as he is a complete force on both offense and defense.
Celtics Potential Starting 5 prediction (current players) :
Jaylen Brown (If healthy)
Robert Williams III (If healthy)
Marcus Smart (If he and the Celtics can come to an agreement)
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