After going on an incredible end-of-the-season run last year, the Boston Celtics managed to battle all the way to the NBA Finals. And while they ended up falling just short against the Golden State Warriors, Boston has addressed their major issues this summer.
Brad Stevens signed Danilo Gallinari to a two-year deal at the start of free agency and then followed that up by trading for Malcolm Brogdon. However, they still have two roster spots left that need to be filled and a few training camp players to choose from.
Earlier this summer, the Celtics revealed that they would be hosting a training-camp competition to fill the final spots on the roster. In a recent article written for NBC Sports Boston, Chris Forsberg predicted that Jake Layman and Justin Jackson would be the two players to make it out of camp.
“Now, if the question is who emerges with one of three currently open roster spots, my early guesses would be Jake Layman, Justin Jackson, and the Celtics keep the 15th slot open for maximum flexibility (and tax savings),” Forsberg wrote. “Layman was a steady reserve in Portland and Minnesota. He fits Boston’s schemes and does enough to mask his perimeter shooting woes. Jackson has never quite tapped into his potential but got a call for a 10-day when the team was thin on bodies last year and then had a solid summer league.”
Can Luke Kornet be a legitimate contributor in Danilo Gallinari’s absence? What will Ime Udoka’s rotation look like this season? @ChrisForsberg_ dives into his #Celtics mailbag with training camp fast approaching 📬https://t.co/9UmV6wHaUU
— NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSBoston) September 16, 2022
Layman is a hometown kid, and Jackson spent time with the team last season on 10-day deals, so those predictions make the most logical sense. Other potential options who could make the roster out of training camp include Noah Vonleh, Bruno Caboclo, and Brodric Thomas.
In addition to his discussion of end-of-the-bench guys, Forsberg’s mailbag article also detailed what he believes the starting lineup will look like.
What Will Celtics Starting Lineup Look Like?
Last year, the Celtics’ starting lineup was one of the best in the league when they were healthy. Forsberg thinks they should run it back with the same five starters.