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Isaiah-Smart-Crowder-Amir-Zeller would be a really good lineup for Boston. I’d even be into that lineup starting.— Hardwood Paroxysm (@HPbasketball) September 5, 2015
By my count, there are 10 names who have a legitimate chance to be in Brad Steven's starting lineup when the Celtics tip off the season in Philadelphia on October 28. Here they are in reverse order of size (roughly), as well as the abbreviated case for each:
Isaiah Thomas - Probably the best player on the team.
Marcus Smart - C's best defender, currently considered to be the future of the franchise.
Avery Bradley - The longest-tenured Celtic and a starter three years running.
Evan Turner - Mr. Triple-Double was likely the club's MVP last year.
Jae Crowder - The glue guy, a hard-working hustle player you always want on the floor.
Jared Sullinger - Highest ceiling of all the bigs with the most talent on offense.
David Lee - Only one on the roster ever to play in an All-Star Game.
Amir Johnson - Boston's "major" free-agent signing, best big overall.
Kelly Olynyk - Seven-footer who can shoot, stretch the defense.
Tyler Zeller - Nobody else is really a center, only guy who can guard opposing centers.
It'll be no easy task for Stevens to cut this list in half...
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