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Post-Draft Look at the Boston Celtics’ Depth Chart

Post-Draft Look at the Celtics' Depth Chart

Marcus Smart
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With the Boston Celtics having selected Marcus Smart with the sixth overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, a trade built around Rajon Rondo seems to be looming in the near future. They also managed to scoop up SG James Young with the 17th pick, as the Celtics aim to build around a young core of players under Brad Stevens.

Here is how the bunched-up depth chart looks, barring any big moves made by Boston.

Point Guard

Rajon Rondo
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Point Guard

Rajon Rondo
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1. Rajon Rondo
2. Marcus Smart
3. Phil Pressey
4. Jerryd Bayless

It appears Danny Ainge may finally pull the trigger on a deal for Rajon Rondo this summer after taking Marcus Smart in the first round of the 2014 NBA Draft. With his versatility, they could work well together in the backcourt, but don’t be shocked if we see a move resulting in Smart taking the reigns at PG. Pressey and Bayless are viable options to pick up a bulk of minutes.

Shooting Guard

James Young
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Shooting Guard

James Young
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1. Avery Bradley
2. James Young
3. Keith Bogans
4. Chris Babb

The Celtics will most likely keep Avery Bradley in the starting position while James Young has time to grow and adapt to the NBA in his rookie season. Young has an excellent offensive game as he proved in his one year at Kentucky. However, he will only be 19 at the start of the season. He could be a huge steal for Boston as the deep draft pushed him out of the lottery.

Small Forward

Jeff Green
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Small Forward

Jeff Green
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1. Jeff Green
2. Gerald Wallace
3. Chris Johnson

There’s a chance we see Boston move Jeff Green in a trade along with Rondo this offseason, but the job is his if he remains a Celtic. He’s only missed one game in the last two years since rejoining the team, so it might be in their best interest to keep him around. Gerald Wallace is a great defensive stopper, but he doesn’t provide enough offense to overtake Green for the starting role.

Power Forward

Jared Sullinger
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Power Forward

Jared Sullinger
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1. Jared Sullinger
2. Brandon Bass
3. Kris Humphries

Boston has got to be pleased with the growth Jared Sullinger had last season, averaging 13.3 points and 8.1 rebounds per game. He started 44 out of the 74 games he played and he should be taking over the starting spot for good. Bass and Humphries have been very productive as Celtics and there’s no doubt they will continue to get their fair share of minutes.

Center

Kelly Olynyk
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Center

Kelly Olynyk
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1. Kelly Olynyk
2. Vitor Faverani
3. Joel Anthony

The young center had a great rookie season for the Celtics and he will be rewarded with a boost in minutes from coach Brad Stevens in 2014. In just 20 minutes per game, he averaged 8.7 points and 5.2 rebounds. His post-game saw drastic improvements late in the year and he should keep improving in this system. Favarini and Anthony are good for spot starts or bench minutes but not too much more.