After a highly active offseason where trades, free agency signings, and front office shakeups were all made the Boston Celtics finally look to put their underwhelming 2020-21 season behind them and look to find better days in 2021-22.
As things currently stand, this new-look Cs squad has the makings of being one of their more well-rounded rosters in recent years. That said, even with this it’s without question that there are still a handful of areas within this rotation that still need to be addressed as we begin our descent toward October 20th’s regular-season tip-off against the New York Knicks.
Today, we at the Houdini pinpoint 3 areas within the rotation that still need to be worked on:
Area Boston Celtics must address No. 1) Starting center
Though the vast majority of people are under the impression that fourth-year big man Robert Williams III is a lock to serve as the starting center for the Boston Celtics in this year’s campaign, we at HH have not been high to this mindset and, frankly, his play over these first two games of the preseason have only made us more hesitant to see the team commit to him right out of the gates.
Thus far through these exhibitions, the 23-year-old has a combined stat line of three points, 10 rebounds, three assists, and four blocks on 0-7 shooting in 40 minutes.
While these games may not mean anything when it comes to the team’s overall season record, this level of production from someone viewed as a legitimate breakout player is not something fans or the team in general wishes to see — obviously, what they’d rather see is the guy who averaged 9.5 points, 8.3 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and 1.7 blocks on 70.5 percent shooting during his 13 starts last season.
While there’s still plenty of faith (and rightly so) that he can get something going moving forward, should these struggles continue the coaching staff does have a player behind him on the depth chart in Al Horford who has only proven to be successful whilst manning the middle for the green and white and, at least to start the year, is even viewed as the preferred choice to start down low by some us at the site.
During his last three-year stint with the Boston Celtics, the veteran put up 13.5 points, seven boards, 4.6 assists and claimed his fifth All-Star selection during this run.
Coming off of a solid 2020-21 season with the OKC Thunder, averaging 14.2 points a night on 45 percent shooting from the floor and 37 percent shooting from deep, it’s more evident than ever that the 35-year-old still has gas left in his tank to serve as a quality starting five in this league should he receive the opportunity.
These next couple of games will undoubtedly have a major influence on the big question of who the Cs will opt to have logging minutes at the starting five come opening night.