Celtics: Projecting Brad Stevens’ Starting Five and Rotation

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Feb 25, 2015; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jonas Jerebko (8) celebrates a three-point basket against the New York Knicks during the first half at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

James Young, G/F

I think the 11 players mentioned above is the main rotation that Stevens is going to go with. That being said, there is more talent on this roster to think about.

James Young was the 17th overall pick by the Celtics in the 2014 NBA Draft. While he has a long ways to go to fully develop, Young is a great shooter with an exciting offensive upside. I do not expect to see much out of him this season, but he is certainly a player to keep an eye on moving forward.

Jonas Jerebko, PF

Jonas Jerebko may be the one player here who could sneak into the early season rotation. Jerebko is not great at anything, but he is a good rebounder, solid defender and won’t kill you offensively. He does bring nice post depth to the table for Boston.

Perry Jones, PF

Perry Jones is an exciting talent, but he has never been able to put it together on an NBA court. In college, Jones was great, and the Celtics hope they can find some of that athleticism and post scoring. However, don’t count on it.

R.J. Hunter, G

One of the sweethearts of last year’s NCAA tournament, R.J. Hunter has an exciting offensive skill-set. He is a great outside shooter, and has nice ball handling skills. However, he is an extremely raw prospect who needs some work. The Celtics have the luxury to be patient with Hunter.

Jordan Mickey, PF/C

Rozier and Hunter are the more heralded prospects, but do not forget about second-round pick Jordan Mickey. He is a long and athletic player who has a chance to grow into a legitimate rim protector, and he is already a strong rebounder. Mickey is another project for Boston, but he has exciting upside.

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