After an offseason spent sussing out who would fill out the end of the Boston Celtics bench, it appears that a decision has been reached as to who the final roster spot will go to.
The Boston Celtics just got a lot more athletic with the news that Javonte Green has earned the final 15-man roster spot. Credit a standout offseason for being the catalyst that put Green over the top.
First impressions are everything, and Green immediately had the attention of the fans (and clearly the front office as well) when he scored 15 points on 7/7 shooting in the team’s preseason opener against the Charlotte Hornets.
Green did all of his damage in a measly 11 minutes of action. In extended minutes during the Boston Celtics preseason finale in Cleveland–a game that saw Brad Stevens rest his projected starting lineup of Kemba Walker, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Gordon Hayward and Daniel Theis (plus the first men off the bench in Marcus Smart and Enes Kanter)–Green delivered a 16-point, nine rebound performance in 30 minutes of gameplay.
Green didn’t miss a shot in the preseason until the team’s third game. He looked more motivated than Max Strus, who predictably shot well from the 3-point line (42%) but failed to impress elsewhere on the floor.
Both Strus and Green signed partially guaranteed deals, meaning their rights will be retained by the team. Strus is likely headed to the G-League affiliate Maine Red Claws, joining two-way contract players Tremont Waters and Tacko Fall.
As for Green, he has a chance to establish himself as a rotational option on the wings. He will be competing with Semi Ojeleye for whatever minutes don’t get divvied up to Brown, Tatum, Hayward and Smart. In the preseason, Green separated himself with superior bounce combined with a 3-point shot.
Now he has the chance to separate himself as an unheralded, un-drafted prospect out of Radford who spent the last four years in Spain, Germany and Italy.
Green in green and white? The fit is too seamless. We will see if that translates to the Boston Celtics this season.