If by some lucky leprechaun miracle the Celtics head into the postseason fully healthy, Brad Stevens will have some interesting decisions on who to play as part of his rotations. Obviously some of it is going to be opponent matchup specific. However, for the most part, the best players should be on the court.
The starters are obvious: Kemba Walker, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Gordon Hayward, Daniel Theis. Just as obvious is the inclusion of Marcus Smart. Let’s just call them the “top 6” for lack of a catchier term.
As far as I’m concerned, everything after the top 6 is up for debate.
- Enes Kanter has been really solid, but he’s unplayable in certain matchups and could get exposed in a 7 game series.
- Grant Williams is wise beyond his years... except when he occasionally acts his age.
- Brad Wanamaker and Semi Ojeleye have been solid but unspectacular in their roles.
- Romeo Langford has been better as of late but is still very green.
- Robert Williams has to get cleared to play first and doesn’t have much more experience than Romeo.
- Not sure if I trust anyone else from the deep bench.
So do you go with a short 8 man rotation? Or expand it to 9 or 10?