This will be one of the most unique training camp experiences ever. Here are the 5 most important positional battles for the Boston Celtics.
Things are going to be very different this year. The amount of training camp days will be limited, the number of preseason games is drastically cut. That said, the Boston Celtics will still have several positional battles they will need to address.
That is a problem that will persist whether or not there is a pandemic that is limiting media availability and the number of exhibitions each team will play. Even though international teams won’t be coming to travel to the states to play the greatest players in the world–and that genuinely seems like something we are a few years away from having again–there will be intrasquad scrimmages taking place behind closed doors.
Those will determine how the rotation will shake out in 2020-21. Here are the five most important positional battles in Cs training camp:
5. (Backup) backup point guard
To start out the season, Kemba Walker will be on the sidelines. That will presumably push Jeff Teague into the starting lineup for the time being unless Brad Stevens decides to go with Marcus Smart at the 1 and starts someone like Grant Williams at the 4.
Regardless, when Walker returns, the rotation will probably see Teague as the primary backup. Behind him could be any three of Payton Pritchard, Carsen Edwards, or Tremont Waters. By virtue of being a recent first-round pick, Pritchard should have the upper hand, but the 2019 second-round picks could have a say in how it shakes out.