Area Boston Celtics must address No. 2) Starting power forward
Throughout the past several seasons, the Boston Celtics have been void of any legitimate power forward options and, in turn, have been somewhat forced to slot franchise cornerstone, Jayson Tatum in at the position.
Though he has obviously found a great deal of success down at the four (2x All-Star appearances while boasting averages of 24.9 points, 7.2 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 1.3 steals, and just under a block per game over the past two years), his more natural, and likely preferred spot within the rotation is at the three.
Because of this, it’s within the C’s best interest to try and find a potential replacement for him at power forward so, in turn, they can thrust him back up to small forward.
This offseason, they managed to acquire two potential options at the position in Juan Hernangomez and, though he may also be competing for the starting center position, Al Horford.
Through the first two games of the preseason, we’ve seen both of these players taking a stab at the position in the starting lineup, with Hernangomez getting the first nod against the Orlando Magic (posted six points, four boards, and a block) and Horford getting the second against the Raptors (16 points, three boards, two blocks).
At this point in time, there’s no clear indicator as to who first-year head coach, Ime Udoka, will choose to roll with at the four but, through these last two preseason exhibitions, hopefully, things will begin to look a bit clearer.