Say Hello to the New Celtics

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It was a very busy season for the front office for the Boston Celtics.  Multiple key players are no longer wearing Celtic’s colors and a variety of different players will try to fill those voids.  With the season about to kick off let’s take a peek at the changes Boston will dealing with this year. 

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Starters

Kyrie Irving

My Boston Irving jersey will remain in the closet for the foreseeable future.  It hurt to see him sign with the Nets even though it was clear the Boston experiment had run its course.  Along with his um…interesting philosophies, Boston will also lose Irving’s scoring ability.  Kyrie is uber-talented and no team gets better by getting rid of a player like Irving.  However, it didn’t seem like Uncle Drew was a good fit in the Stevens scheme, so maybe the team will be able to be more successful with some change. 

Al Horford

When the Celtics signed Al Horford in 2016 it was the biggest free agent signing in their modern history.  And now he will suit up with the rival Philadelphia 76’ers.  No question the C’s will miss Horford, but I still think they can be very successful without him.  Horford is getting older and it may have been the perfect time to part ways.  Only time will tell.  Boston will get their first chance at revenge when they face off on opening night.

Role Players

Marcus Morris

Personally, I am not happy that Morris has left the Celtics, but he is a replacement level player.  I enjoyed watching one of the Morris twins play for my favorite team, but I think replacing his minutes and his 14 points a game will possible.  Fans will get to see Morris play a bunch when he takes on the Celtics with his new squad, the New York Knicks.

Terry Rozier

Good luck playing for the Bobcats…next.

Aron Baynes

Baynes gave the Celtics decent minutes in the paint.  He is a solid player, but I think Ainge replaced him on the roster pretty smoothly.  I don’t think they will miss him much.

Additions

Veterans

Kemba Walker

After losing their starting point guard to Brooklyn the Celtics turned their sights on former UCONN star Kemba Walker.  Walker has spent his entire career playing for the Charlotte Bobcats.  Over his eight year tenure in Charlotte he averaged just south of 20 points per game and his overall play was worthy of the max contract he was given by Boston.  He will bring toughness and a grit that this team missed last year.  
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Kemba is not as skilled a player as Kyrie Irving, he is just not.  However, Kemba Walker comes with way less glam than Irving.  He will play hard night in and night out.  Not to mention ever since his rookie season Walker has played in 70 or more games in all but one year.  Even if the guard isn’t the best player on the court he can still be a major reason they have a great 2019-2020 season. 

Enes Kanter

Kanter is a going to be the go to big man on the roster.  He has played for a couple different teams over the years and has contributed everywhere.  The center won’t be an All-Pro, and he probably won’t even make the All-Star team, but he will be a positive for the C’s.  Kanter will provide some scoring.  He has averaged around 12 points a game over his entire career, but over the last four seasons he has been around a 14 point game performer.  The Turkish big man can also rebound.  If he averages a double-double this season no one will be surprised. 

Rookies

Tacko Fall

I’ll be honest, I really don’t know if Fall will contribute this year.  The Celtics gave the young center a two-way contract so he could be in Portland most of the season.  You cannot teach height, and Tacko has plenty of it.  At 7 foot 6 he will be a very interesting prospect for the Celtics to have. 

Carsen Edwards

The former Purdue guard showed off the same scoring prowess in the summer league that he had done in last year’s NCAA March Madness tournament.  He put up a healthy 34.8 points per game in said tourney.  Edwards averaged around 20 points per game in the summer league and was showing his ability to score from all over the court.  He shot 48% from 3 point range and was over 60% from inside the arc.  

Edwards was touted as a premium scorer coming out of college, but he is considered to be a tad undersized at 6 foot 1.  Brad Stevens and the Celtics seem to do well with scrappy, relatively short guards, and I think he can be a solid addition to the Celtics team.

Romeo Langford

The former Indiana Hoosier has been rehabbing an injury most of the preseason, but the Celtics Number 1 pick in last year’s draft is real close to playing for Boston.  Langford has some real speed to his game and could be a playmaker off the bench.  Fans should keep their expectations of Langford fairly low, but maybe Stevens can get something out of the rookie guard.

I don’t know if this Celtics team is going to win the championship or even the Eastern Conference. As you can probably tell, I think that they will be as competitive as last year, if not more.  They definitely lost some very good basketball players, but I think the front office did a very good job building the 2019-2020 roster.  

Basketball is back….enjoy!!


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