Boston Celtics: 3 replacements for Brad Wanamaker as C’s primary backup point guard

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The Boston Celtics could use for an upgrade at their backup point guard position. These three players are players the Houdini deems fit to replace their current option in 2020-21.

Introspection of the Boston Celtics depth chart reveals some positions that can use some attention this off-season. For the most part, it seemed that Danny Ainge wanted to put the youth at the forefront, besides one particular role.

Brad Wanamaker is, or rather was (and likely will be again) the backup point guard during the 2019-20 season. If the season never reaches a natural end, his stats took a hit from December until March, as his hot start tailed off before the great NBA suspension of 2020.

He started off the season pretty well, but the season takes its toll. In just his second year in the NBA, and his first in this much of a spotlight, the 30-year-old answered the call admirably. Having Brad Stevens — the point guard whisperer — has undoubtedly elevated his game and his profile.

The one glaring question mark is his lack of playoff experience. He played plenty of garbage time minutes last year, but important time on the hardwood isn’t a current part of his resume. The newcomer is on the wrong side of his own athletic prime as well

So the point guard position could theoretically use an infusion of vet savvy…or perhaps be an in-house option. The C’s are not in a position to throw big money at any free agent not already on the roster. The adding salaries of Gordon Hayward, Kemba Walker, Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart already has them pushing the tax line.

In a dystopian post-coronavirus salary cap situation, the Boston Celtics could already be at or over the tax line. If that is the reality in which the team will exist, then we are in for a summer of little spending.

Little spending means veterans who are coming off of low-points and or, perhaps it could come from within. Here are three options for the backup point guard role in lieu of Wanamaker: