December 4, 2023


“Your bench is every part.”

Kristaps Porzingis was one of many Celtics’ two main acquisitions this offseason. (AP Photograph/Mary Schwalm)

When the Celtics made their massive splashes to accumulate Kristaps Porzingis and Jrue Vacation over the offseason, arguably the most important factor they gave up was their depth.

Boston parted methods with place to begin guard Marcus Good, middle Robert Williams, reigning Sixth Man of the 12 months Malcolm Brogdon, and Danilo Gallinari, who was slated to be within the Celtics’ rotation prior to ripping his ACL final offseason, in these strikes. In addition they let Grant Williams stroll in free company, furthering the variety of gamers from the Celtics’ rotation final season which have left over the previous few months.

As many have stated that the Celtics have the league’s finest high six gamers following the Vacation commerce, franchise icon Kevin Garnett has some qualms following the strikes.

Garnett shared why he thinks that the Celtics must be a bit involved about their lack of perceived depth following the commerce in a current episode of “KG Licensed.”

“No, no, no, you bought to fret about it,” Garnett stated when requested if the Celtics must be involved about their lack of depth. “Your bench is every part. I don’t assume you can exhaust [Jaylen] Brown, [Jayson Tatum] – I don’t assume you’ll be able to exhaust them early on. Once you get into the second half of the season, you choose their minutes up somewhat bit.”

The Celtics’ offseason strikes have led to fringe rotation gamers from final season to maneuver up the depth chart. Payton Pritchard, Sam Hauser, and Luke Kornet have gotten a notable quantity of minutes of their first three preseason video games, with every prone to function the third guard, wing, and massive within the rotation, respectively.

Past these three gamers, the Celtics have crammed out the again of their roster with journeymen (Svi Mykhailiuk, Wenyen Gabriel, Oshae Brissett) or youthful gamers who’re rookies or are only some seasons into their NBA careers (Jordan Walsh, Dalano Banton, Lamar Stevens).

Garnett isn’t certain how the Celtics will essentially repair their depth, however he thinks Brad Stevens goes to deal with it. Nonetheless, he famous that whoever they convey in is unlikely to be nearly as good as who they parted methods with.

“You wish to have strong items,” Garnett stated. “I’m certain Brad and them have thought of this. They’re very strategy-driven. I can see them bringing in some assist, really. However, I imply, it ain’t going to be Marcus Good. It ain’t going to be Rob Williams. These have been particular gamers on a particular group that they have been feeling like they have been making an attempt to construct a sure kind of group.”

The kind of group that Garnett thinks the Celtics is likely to be constructing emulates what the Nuggets are doing with Nikola Jokic. The 2-time MVP averaged 30 factors, 9.5 assists, and 13.5 rebounds per recreation within the playoffs final season to guide Denver to a title.

Garnett thinks that the commerce for Porzingis provides Boston an identical risk – an enormous man who can play within the paint, publish, and alongside the perimeter.

“You go get Porzingis, who’s extra of a fringe massive that may hit massive pictures however can then nonetheless have peaks at defending the rim or being a publish presence,” Garnett stated. “I feel everybody that they’ll put within the excessive publish and provides to after which have the guards come off. In the event you watching what the Joker and what Denver are doing, they’re being profitable with simply motion. You bought again motion that you simply’ve received to assist with. Now, you’ll be able to’t assist with this. Everyone’s on the lookout for a Joker-ish [player].

“It’s nearly like a mirror league. In the event you begin seeing one thing that works, everyone goes and pinches off of it. I feel that the Celtics are pinching off somewhat bit. Despite the fact that I’m not saying that’s going to be their model, however Porzingis can really slot in that model and play off that. He’s an iso man. He can cross. He’s very, very gifted offensively.”

Porzingis has been one of many league’s top-scoring bigs since he entered the NBA in 2015. He scored a career-high 23.2 factors per recreation final season, taking pictures 49.8 p.c from the sector and 38.5 p.c from 3-point territory. He additionally averaged a career-best 2.7 assists per recreation because the Wizards performed extra by him with Bradley Beal lacking time attributable to harm.

Whereas Garnett appeared enthused about how nicely the Celtics can play with Porzingis as a focus of their offense, he does assume that there are two issues that can in the end decide their destiny this season.

“It’ll be concerning the protection of the Celtics and the way nicely they’re capable of have a bench and the way deep that bench is,” Garnett stated.