I heard Zach Lowe say he thought the starting lineup for the C’s would be:
Smart, Brown, Tatum, Horford, Timelord
The Celtics podcast I occasionally listen to brought it up and talked about it as well.
This has me concerned because I think two bigs is a terrible idea. It didn’t work for the C’s last year. It didn’t work for Horford in Philly. I just don’t think it is a good idea in the current NBA for a contending team.
Today I decided to try to be an optimist, so I’m trying to think up how this starting lineup could be a good thing. The only thing I can come up with is... what if Timelord guards the PF? What is the difference between Timelord and Embiid (as far as this conversation goes, obviously Embiid is better) Timelord is quicker and doesn’t have to guard the opposing big. So long as Timelord could move his feet and stay in front of smaller faster guys for the most part, it could work on defense. The starting unit would be HUGE on defense and every single player would be an above average defender.
On offense, maybe you just have to hope that Tatum and Brown can singlehandedly solve your spacing? Have the ball in Smart’s hands a lot more and Brown and Tatum help your spacing a lot that way. I don’t know. Even my optimistic self can’t figure the offense out with 2 non shooters and Al (who basically shoots average from 3). Maybe one of you can.