The 2021-22 season is one of mystery and absolute wonder for the Boston Celtics and their fanbase.
Following up three Eastern Conference Finals trips in a span of four years with a 36-36 record and a Quarterfinals exit last season, the front office — now led by rookie President of Basketball Operations, Brad Stevens — took part in some rather sizeable shakeups this offseason, ones in which they believe could set them up for a more successful campaign than the one they just endured.
What some once viewed as weaknesses within the rotation now seem to be strengths, as Boston went about and bolstered many areas within the rotation with their numerous transactions this summer.
One specific region Stevens and co. addressed head-on over the last several months is the team’s bench unit. These past few seasons have seen some rather underwhelming performances from the C’s second unit squads, particularly when it came to their offensive production.
Now, with several savvy moves made, the bench appears to have been improved quite considerably and, in turn, looks to have the potential to be one of their strengths, and we at the Houdini are under the impression that these 3 players could play major roles in the bench’s attempt to rise from the ashes:
Boston Celtics player No. 1) Robert Williams III
Though many may be under the impression that Robert Williams III will seriously be considered for the starting center position for the Boston Celtics come opening day, we at the Houdini are more under the belief that the role will go to veteran big, Al Horford, at least to start the year.
Because of this, Time Lord makes the cut as one of the more impactful reserve talents on this team, and the bench unit will certainly benefit from his presence.
Having somewhat of a breakout campaign already last year, the center went on to post career bests seemingly all across the board — per 75 possessions the big man posted averages of 15.5 points, 13.3 points, 3.5 assists, and 3.4 blocks on an impressive 72 percent shooting from the floor while boasting a team-best box plus-minus of 6.1.
Now, after signing his lucrative 4-year, $54 million contract extension this summer, many expect Williams’ role to increase considerably and, based on his track record when receiving more run, we anticipate that he’ll deliver admirably.
Frankly, it’s only a matter of time until he takes over the starting pivot position (assuming he can stay healthy, of course) on a full-time basis but, until then, he’s undoubtedly viewed as one of this team’s top bench players.