As the offseason wears on, the Celtic roster is beginning to crystallize. Even with Jackie McMullan’s breaking non-story regarding Rajon Rondo demanding a trade making it’s rounds, there’s little worry about the perimeter moving forward.A rotation of Rondo-Marcus Smart-Avery Bradley-Jeff Green-James Young with Marcus Thornton and Evan Turner picking up whatever scraps are left seems pretty likely. Looking around the league, Celtic fans have to feel optimistic about the personnel Brad Stevens will trot out nightly at the guard spots and at small forward.
The bigger on-court questions reside in the front court. Last season, according to NBA.com, Jared Sullinger, Brandon Bass, and/or Humphries were involved in the 10th, 16th, and 28th worst plus/minus regular five-man units in the league.
Boston gave up the fourth-highest shooting percentage at the rim in the league, allowing the opposition to waltz in and make 54.6 percent of their attempts at the cup. The Celtics were also in the bottom half (17th) of the league in rebounds a game, and were the eighth-worst in rebounding percentage.
With Kris Humphries now with the Wizards and the addition of Tyler Zeller from Cleveland, will the Boston bigs fare any better this season? Let’s rank the five Gang Green frontcourt players in order, from least to most important (Joel Anthony appeared in 20 games at seven minutes per last season, he doesn’t count).