2. Luke Kornet
As noted earlier, the Celtics endured numerous changes throughout the offseason, with arguably the most noteworthy area on the roster that was impacted being the frontcourt. From their decision to add on Porzingis and offload Williams, Boston’s big-man rotation has received quite a facelift.
Now, on the surface, these shakeups seem to give the team much more upside, as they provide the C’s with yet another true All-Star talent in KP while also allowing them to consistently run a five-out offensive set with him running with Horford in the starting five.
However, along with these specific positives, this new-look assortment of big men also comes with plenty of concerns, namely when it relates to the durability department what with their checkered injury histories and the significant tread on their tires.
As of this writing, the main backup big currently on the roster appears to be seventh-year veteran Luke Kornet who, while he has shown flashes at times throughout his career, is not someone who will halt Boston’s decision-makers from searching for other options to add to their collection.
That said, a solid training camp could impact the type of reinforcements Stevens and co. search for.
Last season, when playing between 20 and 33 minutes, Kornet managed to post impressive averages of 9.0 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 1.4 blocks on a whopping 70 percent shooting from the field, showing that he has the ability to effectively impact the game in a multitude of areas when given an increased role.
Now coming into his first full camp with the Celtics, it’s imperative that he makes his presence felt.