Quote by Nba preview – Rookie & Sophomore in the Atlantic Division
Sophomore: RJ Hunter, Terry Rozier, Jordan Mickey
Rookie: Jaylen Brown, Guerschon Yabusele, Ante Zizc, Demetrius Jackson, Ben Bentil, Abdel Nader
The Celtics minimum goal for the season is to reach the second round of the playoff, which means there will not be much playing time, if any, for inexperienced players. And the lack of minutes will be an issue for the nine players the team selected in the last two drafts. One of the players who seems to have a spot in the regular rotation is Terry Rozier. He already proved he can make himself useful, at least on defense, during the playoffs last season. During summer, he worked on his playmaking and shooting, and his Summer League performances were promising. Both are area of needs for the Celtics, since they lost Turner during summer, and Rozier hopes he can step into that role this season.
Jaylen Brown, third pick in the 2016 draft, could not find himself into a better position. His offensive game was pretty much non-existent in college and his choice to declare for the draft left some people doubting. The reality is, he will not have to do much on offense, most likely he will get touches playing off the ball, on backdoor cuts and corner threes, since the team already has good options on that side of the ball. His minutes will come depending on how fast he will adjust to coach Stevens defensive rotations. His athleticism should allow him to be effective in the passing lanes, and his body will allow him to switch in pick and roll situation, covering three and maybe four different positions.
Ante Zizic will spend one more season with KK Cibona Zagabria, while Guerschon Yabusele agreed to a deal with the Shangai Sharks and will play in the CBA. Nader, after playing very well in Summer League, agreed to stay in the D-League with the Maine Red Claws. Demetrius Jackson agreed to a contract that will pay him 5.5M in 4 years, in line with the 5M in 4 years signed by Mickey last year. Those contracts are unusual for second round picks and proof of the team’s confidence in their skills. Yet, Boston enters training camp with 16 contracts, one more than what is allowed when the season begins, which means that, barring a trade, one of RJ Hunter, James Young and Ben Bentil will not make the team. Hunter disappointed even after adjusting the over-hyped expectations that surrounded him, Bentil has a partially guaranteed contract and Young, though far from being a rotation player yet, is the second youngest player on the team.