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Starter: Brandon Bass
- Minutes: approximately 26 minutes a game
Off the Bench: Jared Sullinger/Jeff Green
- Minutes: approximately 22 minutes a game
Other: Kevin Garnett
Since moving to the center position, Kevin Garnett seemed to reestablish himself as one of the dominant big men in the NBA despite his older age.
As he reaffirmed his status in the league, his positional shift allowed Brandon Bass to establish himself as a very productive starting power forward for the Boston Celtics in the previous season.
However, last season, one of the Celtics' biggest concerns was their lack of front court depth. This year, with the stellar performances of Jared Sullinger and Jeff Green during the preseason, the Celtics have rectified that weakness.
Despite Chris Wilcox going through complications, the Celtics bolstered front court will be primarily manned by Bass as a starter and Sullinger as the primary bench player at the power forward position.
Even though Doc Rivers has considered several line ups, some of which include having Sullinger start, having Bass start may be a more prudent move.
The good thing about Sullinger is that he brings to the table a different skill set than Bass, and they both compliment each other well. Furthermore, Sullinger doesn't have a problem coming off the bench, to the approval of Kevin Garnett.
Bass, like Garnett, is one of the best shooting big men in the league. Having both Bass and Garnett play together really stretches the floor and allows Rondo more lanes to create.
While Sullinger isn't as good of a shooter as Bass or Garnett, he is efficient from the free throw line, quick with his outlet passes and takes smart shots in the paint.
Both players are proficient rebounders, and their different approaches to the offense, combined with their rebounding contributions on defense, make them perfect compliments.
In addition to that, both players play the pick and roll a different way. Bass is more of a pick and pop player while Sullinger, with his ability to finish without hesitation at the rim, has the potential to be a decent pick and roll player as well.
Furthermore, the depth chart for the power forward position is bolstered by Green, who is expected to play both forward spots off the bench.