Sport Celtics coach Brad Stevens: 'We've got eight, nine, maybe 10 guys that are starters'

20:41  10 august  2018
20:41  10 august  2018 Source:   nbcsports.com

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Celtics coach Brad Stevens said he isn’t worried about establishing a starting lineup for the upcoming season. Stevens said the Celtics have “ eight , nine , maybe 10 guys that are starters .”

Bradley Stevens (born October 22, 1976) is an American professional basketball coach and former collegiate player. He is the head coach of the Boston Celtics .

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They won 55 games last season with Gordon Hayward missing nearly the entire season. They reached the conference finals without Kyrie Irving and Hayward in the playoffs.

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All five regular-season starters – Irving, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Al Horford and Aron Baynes – return. So does playoff starter Terry Rozier. So does Hayward. So does Marcus Smart, whom Boston coach Brad Stevens has called the team’s “sixth starter” for years. So does Marcus Morris, who started in Detroit before joining these stacked Celtics and remains in his prime.

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Make no mistake: Teams around the league envy this challenge. But it’s still a challenge.

Stevens on the “Yahoo Sports NBA: Chris Mannix” podcast:

I think all of our guys realize that we have a really good thing going.

Part of being on a team is all being understanding that there’s nothing like experiencing winning together.

For me, it’s more about, we have a unique thing, and I think we all have to recognize that. The starting thing, the finishing and everything else – we’re going to have different lineups  out there, and everybody’s going to get an opportunity and lots of opportunities to make an impact.

We’ll just do it like we’ve always done it. Marcus Smart has come off the bench for two years, and I’ve never considered Marcus Smart to be a non-starter. I just think that you – we’re fortunate enough on our team that we’ve got eight, nine, maybe 10 guys that are starters. So, we’ll figure that out as the time comes.

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As such, head coach Brad Stevens understands he has a slew of options for potential starting lineups. “We’re fortunate enough on our team that we ’ ve got 8 , 9 , maybe 10 guys that are starters . We’ll figure that out as the time comes. …

Coach Brad Stevens isn’t the only one who has a problem with the abundance of praise he’s received for the Celtics ’ improbable postseason success. They’ ve got six, seven, eight guys that can dribble pass and shoot and create their own offense.

And I do I think that our guys have a recognition overall about that’s not what it’s about. It’s about trying to be the best that we can be collectively. If we all do what we do to the best of our ability, it will benefit everybody individually.

But you only get so many chances to be part of a special group. And we’re pretty fortunate to be in this position. We need to take advantage of it.

Ten is probably pushing it. But the Celtics might actually have nine starting-caliber – i.e. top-150 – players.

How will that work?

Boston’s team success will help plenty. It’s harder for players to grumble about playing time when the team is winning.

Stevens also does a great job of giving players roles and getting them to buy in. These players fit different positional archetypes, allowing Stevens to give them each turns depending on situation.

And maybe only Rozier and Morris are playing for their next contract. As long as he stays healthy, Irving will likely command a max contract in free agency next summer no matter what. Horford ($30,123,015) and Baynes ($5,453,280) will probably opt in, though there’s a chance they’re playing to prove they deserve new contracts. Hayward, Tatum, Brown and Smart are locked in for multiple years.

Rozier has consistently struck the right tone in balancing his personal ambition with playing his role in Boston. That’s contagious. Stevens is adding to the culture with preemptive positive reinforcement.

The Celtics could get tangled in playing-time disputes, but they’re at least off to the right start for making this work.

Stat of interest: Half of 2017 NBA All-Stars have since changed teams .
The NBA wins the offseason every summer because star players often switch teams.Because star players switch teams. A lot.

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