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PG: Rajon Rondo
Rondo is used in almost every lineup featured here—he is that vital to the team’s success. Rondo has unparalleled court vision and that will be useful when the Celtics are going small. With less size, Boston will set fewer picks in this offensive scheme, resulting in players having to create their own shot. Luckily, Rondo will make that easier for them.
SG: Avery Bradley
Bradley had an awkward and undefined role at the start of last season. Although he was listed as the backup shooting guard on the depth chart, he played sparingly off the bench and did not make a huge impact. However, his presence was felt after Ray Allen missed a series of games due to an ankle injury near the tail-end of last season. Bradley made the most of his increased playing time, briefly displacing Allen as the starting two-guard.
SF: Courtney Lee
Acquired by the Celtics on July 20, Courtney Lee brings versatility to the Boston bench. The 26-year-old swing-man is a decent scorer, distributor and rebounder for his size.
PF: Brandon Bass
Brandon Bass arrived in Boston after he was traded from Orlando for his buddy Glen Davis. The deal later proved to be a steal by the Celtics. While Big Baby was a solid contributor during his time in Boston, Bass proved to be even better, averaging more points and rebounds as well as a better field goal percentage. He also was more dominant than Davis in the paint—although both are undersized for the position. Bass eventually became the starting power forward after Kevin Garnett moved to the center position, and that figures to stay the same this year.
C: Kevin Garnett
Kevin Garnett struggled at the onset of last season playing inconsistently through his first 20-plus games. However after injuries depleted the team’s depth at center, Garnett moved into the starting role at the five-spot. The change was good to him, as he regained his All-Star form and quickly became one of the team’s top contributors again.