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Based on the current roster, here's a guess at the Celtics' depth chart for next season:

Starting Five

PG: Isaiah Thomas
SG: Avery Bradley
SF: Jae Crowder
PF: Amir Johnson
C: Al Horford


Second Five

PG: Terry Rozier
SG: Marcus Smart
SF: Jaylen Brown
PF: Jonas Jerebko
C: Kelly Olynyk


Bottom Five

PG: Demetrius Jackson
SG: RJ Hunter
SF: James Young
PF: Ben Bentil
C: Jordan Mickey


D-League: Abdel Nader
Overseas: Ante Zizic, Guerschon Yabusele


Nader agreed on draft night to go to the D-League.  Danny Ainge already said that Zizic will stay overseas, and Yabusele has stated that he's willing to remain in Europe as well.  Under this projection, second-round picks Jackson and Bentil can both land a spot on the 15-man roster.

But, what about restricted free agent Tyler Zeller?  Boston extended a qualifying offer to Zeller and to this point we haven't heard of any other teams showing much interest in him (although Ainge doesn't sound very interested either).  If Zeller does re-sign, one of the bottom five is out of luck.  And while all indications are pointing towards Yabusele returning home, he's playing summer league in Vegas and a decision has not yet been made.  There's still a chance the No. 16 pick in the draft could snag one of the final roster spots as well.

Ainge is also adamant that he's not finished dealing (is something brewing?), so all of this is likely going to change anyway.



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Mark Van Deusen 7/12/2016 07:27:00 AM Edit
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