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There may not be a lot of height on the Celtics roster, but there is a hell of a lot of beef - and it's damn lean. The anticipated 2019-20 green crew is starting to look like they came out of the latest issue of Muscle and Fitness. If you are too young to remember the Wendy's commercial, "Where's the beef?", you can see it below.


Start with the guys already on board. Marcus Smart, Semi Ojeleye, Guerschon Yabusele. Smart was in the best shape of his Celtics career last season - Semi just keeps getting more jacked - and Yabu (when abstaining from donuts) can be ripped when he's on his game. I had previously broached the idea of Boston taking 6-foot Carsen Edwards, and when he was still there at #33 - bang - he was grabbed by Danny Ainge. I love the pick. At 6'0.25" and 200 pounds of solid muscle (look at the quads in the photo), and a mere 5.5% body fat, he is a bulldog that can score the ball, excite the crowd, and backs down to no one. He needs to stick


Now comes power forward Grant Williams via the NBA draft. At 6'7", he once weighed 260 pounds. He is now 236 pounds and 5.4% body fat, very close to that of Edwards. He is strong, rugged and intelligent. Like Carsen, he really doesn't fit the profile of the modern stretch 4/5 player we expect to get drafted by Boston - and I am delighted by that. Grant is a flashback. He averaged 18.8 PPG, 7.5 RPG and 3.2 APG at Tennessee. His mother is an engineer for NASA, and he actually believes the earth is spherical - not flat. Imagine that? I think we're going to love this kid.





The latest version of the Celtics may not be long, but they are strong, lean and willing to fight hard for the team - the fans - and themselves. I can't wait for Summer League.

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Photos via 76'ers/Twitter and Mark Humphrey/AP

Tom Lane 6/21/2019 09:17:00 AM Edit
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