A panel of analysts that included in-house Boston Celtics reporter Marc D'Amico and NBC Sports Boston's Chris Forsberg and Abby Chin shared their belief that the Cs only have two surefire All-Stars during an episode from a View From The Rafters Podcast: Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown.
"The general agreement among the group is that Jayson Tatum is a surefire starter, and that Jaylen Brown is a surefire reserve, at the very least," D'Amico wrote. "Brown’s challenge to become a starter is that he’s now listed as a forward, so he’d have to beat out the likes of Tatum, Giannis Antetokounmpo or Joel Embiid for a starting nod. As such, his most likely path is making the team as a reserve for the third time in his career. But he’s gonna make the team."
Of course, perhaps the most popular Celtic among the fanbase during the 2023-24 season, Derrick White, is a notable omission here. Forsberg suggested Brad Stevens hop on the phone and actively campaign for White to make the mid-February classic for the first time in Indianapolis.
"In order to get White to Indianapolis, the Celtics likely will need to keep this campaign going for the next few weeks," Forsberg wrote. "Indiana native Brad Stevens might need to get on the phone and remind some of his former coaching brethren just how the team feels about White’s impact on winning this season."
Kristaps Porzingis, not Derrick White, the most likely third Boston Celtics All-Star
The group believes that Kristaps Porzingis's All-Star case is far more convincing than White's; mainly because of the Latvian big man's flashier stat line and previous experience being voted onto the Eastern Conference squad as a New York Knick in 2018.
"White is facing stiff competition in the East when it comes to All-Star spots for guards," D'Amico prefaced before saying, "Typically six guards and six forwards/centers make the team. In the East, the list of guards putting up All-Star numbers is deep: White, Jrue Holiday, Damian Lillard, Trae Young, Tyrese Haliburton, Donovan Mitchell, Tyrese Maxey, Jalen Brunson. Only six of those guys are going to make the team, barring an injury.
"With that being said, we all agreed that Porzingis probably has an easier path to making the team."
With a few weeks left to vote until the polls close, White has an outside chance of becoming a first-time All-Star. It'd take perhaps even more Boston dominance than we've seen at the New Year's benchmark -- of which the Cs had the best record in the league -- and a few massive nights from White to get there.