During a big win against the Brooklyn Nets on November 4, Boston Celtics backup big man and non-guaranteed player Luke Kornet shined with 11 points, seven rebounds, and a steal in 15 minutes of floor time. Kornet did not see any big minutes to start the season, but he may have solidified his role on the Cs after an impressive performance.
During his time with the Celtics, Kornet has not been used as a key contributor unless injuries struck. With what was shown against in Brooklyn, an expanded role for Kornet may just be what the team needs.
Is he more than just the “Kornet Kontest”? We don’t yet know, but Joe Mazzulla is playing with house money after a 5-0 start to the 2023-24 season, and may as well see if the big man is. If he’s not? There’s time before the deadline.
But if he is, the Cs may have everything necessary for a Banner 18 run come the springtime.
Boston Celtics center Luke Kornet ‘about winning and nothing else’
At Celtics Media Day, Kornet explained his intentions in Boston: to help the team win and worry about little else.
“I’m just ready to put myself in the best position for us for that day and for that game or if I’m not playing, for whatever the next time for me to be available,” Kornet said (h/t CelticsBlog). “For me, I’m just looking to do whatever it takes to put our team in the best position to win that day or game or week or whatever the situation is.”
So far so good. Kornet is showing that he’s willing to accept any role, and more importantly, is ready for any role. With Al Horford and Kristaps Porzingis far from locks to suit up for 82 games due to age and durability concerns, Kornet will be needed moving forward.