Boston Celtics Roster 2020 Celtics Roster

17-5, 2nd in East Atlantic

The Boston Celtics lost significantly more than they thought. Many speculated Kyrie Irving was already headed out the door with a plan to team up with Kevin Durant in Brooklyn. Some expected Terry Rozier to stay and become the starting PG though the signing of Kemba Walker effectively ended those talks. However, the most surprising movie of all was Al Horford declining his player option and opting for free agency.

While Boston was able to acquire Kemba Walker, Enes Kanter, and multiple draft picks to fill those roles, they’re looking like a significantly weaker team already headed into next year. There’s already a new superteam in Brooklyn, the majority of playoff teams in Philadelphia and Milwaukee retained their main players, and reigning champs, Toronto will look for Pascal Siakam to step up even more after winning most improved. For the Celtics, they’ve got a lot of decisions to make coming into this year including the what to do with Jayson Tatum, whether Kemba Walker is a good enough replacement, and the future of Gordon Hayward.

Pos Name Jersey Rating Ranking Depth Height Weight Age Birthday Exp. College
PG Kemba Walker Kemba Walker K. Walker 8
87
#8 PG 1 6' 0" 171 29 5/8/90 9th season UConn
PG Marcus Smart Marcus Smart M. Smart 36
83
#17 PG 1 6' 2" 224 25 3/6/94 6th season Oklahoma State
PG Brad Wanamaker Brad Wanamaker B. Wanamaker 9
73
3 6' 2" 209 30 7/25/89 2nd season Pitt
PG Tremont Waters Tremont Waters T. Waters 51
68
4 5' 10" 174 21 1/10/98 Rookie LSU
PG Pierria Henry Pierria Henry P. Henry
67
SG Carsen Edwards Carsen Edwards C. Edwards 4
72
2 5' 10" 198 21 3/12/98 Rookie Purdue
SG Romeo Langford Romeo Langford R. Langford 45
71
3 6' 3" 213 19 10/25/99 Rookie Indiana
SF Jaylen Brown Jaylen Brown J. Brown 7
78
#12 SF 1 6' 5" 222 22 10/24/96 4th season California
SF Javonte Green Javonte Green J. Green 43
69
5 6' 3" 218 26 7/23/93 Rookie Radford
PF Jayson Tatum Jayson Tatum J. Tatum 0
86
#5 PF 1 6' 7" 202 21 3/3/98 3rd season Duke
PF Gordon Hayward Gordon Hayward G. Hayward 20
81
#3 PF 1 6' 7" 205 29 3/23/90 10th season Butler
PF Grant Williams Grant Williams G. Williams 12
75
2 6' 5" 235 20 11/30/98 Rookie Tennessee
PF Semi Ojeleye Semi Ojeleye S. Ojeleye 37
74
2 6' 5" 233 24 12/5/94 3rd season
C Daniel Theis Daniel Theis D. Theis 27
76
#71 C 1 6' 7" 213 27 4/4/92 3rd season
C Enes Kanter Enes Kanter E. Kanter 11
80
#16 C 2 6' 9" 260 27 5/20/92 9th season
C Tacko Fall Tacko Fall T. Fall 99
69
4 7' 4" 310 23 12/10/95 Rookie Central Florida
C Vincent Poirier Vincent Poirier V. Poirier 77
72
6' 11" 233 26 10/17/93 Rookie

2019-2020 Top Celtics Roster Questions

How can the Celtics replenish the point guard position?

With starting point guard Kyrie Irving departing for the Brooklyn Nets and backup Terry Rozier now with the Charlotte Hornets, what have the Celtics done to replace their top two players at the position? After hearing of their two player’s plans to leave the team, they quickly went out and agreed on a four year, max contract with Kemba Walker. He’ll come over from the Hornets and essentially swap teams with Rozier. The contract will lock him up for 4 years at $141 over the length of the contract.

The NBA is a strange world. After committing to Charlotte early on in the season and professing his love for the city, Walker quickly jumped ship and boarded Boston’s roster. He’s coming off the best season to date after averaging 25.6 points, 5.9 assists, and 4.4 rebounds per game. While he’s no Kyrie Irving, Walker presents a great fit in the offense as he looks to build off his career year. The test for him will be adjusting to the big stage after coming from one of the smaller market teams in the league. While I don’t expect him to become a superstar with the Celtics, he’ll make for the primary option with various other stars.

Can any of Boston’s rookies help them in 2019?

Boston had a couple of picks in this year’s draft and used them on Romeo Langford, #10 overall, Grant Williams, #22 overall, Carsen Edwards, #33 overall, and Tremont Waters, #51 overall. Most notably, their top pick in Langford has yet to play in any summer league action. Recovering from surgery on his right thumb, it’s unlikely we’ll see him suit up for the Celtics until the season starts up. Even when he gets healthy, Langford might get held back to help him slowly recover once he’s back to full health. He projects to make the team as a backup guard.

As for the other rookies, Williams is an intriguing low post player who should be able to shoot all around the basket. He’s undersized for his position and might become more of the stretch 4 or small forward in today’s game. Edwards wrapped up his career at Purdue and will make for another solid scorer in Boston’s backcourt. He has a knack for scoring and has the ability to quickly go up and down the court. My only concerns for him is the defense and whether he can guard the elite perimeter players in the NBA. Lastly, Waters brings another undersized guard with the ability to shoot. He’ll get time to be in the rotation but will likely be delegated with two-way status.

Will Gordon Hayward ever be the player he was before his injury?

The year before his free agency, Hayward was the face of the franchise of the Utah Jazz. He was an all star, scored a career high 21.9 per game, and essentially led the team in every aspect. Not even halfway through the first quarter his first game in green and Hayward got injured and was quickly declared out for the year. It was a gruesome injury that he hoped to put behind him last year but looking at the numbers, he has yet to get over that hurdle. He scored just 11.5 points with 3.4 assists and 4.2 rebounds per contest. That’s simply unacceptable for a player of his caliber, or what used to be his caliber.

For the Celtics to have any chance in 2019, Hayward will be the difference maker. Without Irving, Boston will lean on one of Kemba Walker and Jayson Tatum to become their primary shooter with Hayward as a complimentary piece. However, if Hayward can return to his old form and break out for 23-25 points per game, Boston could be in for a deep playoff run, unlike the past two years. While the odds are certainly against a breakout year, a repeat of Hayward’s 2018 season would be a disaster.