Celtics Talk TV: Predicting the C's starting 5

Celtics Talk TV: Predicting the C's starting 5
August 19, 2013, 2:00 pm
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The first game of the NBA regular season is still months away, but it is not too early to ponder which five players the Celtics will trot out for the opening tip against the Toronto Raptors on October 30.

That is exactly what Rich Levine, A. Sherrod Blakely and Kyle Draper did on Celtic Talk TV on Monday.

Boston, of course, rid the organization of its two aging centerpieces, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, paving the way for some new opportunities for younger players to gain starting roles.

Blakely feels though, that we'll see some familiar faces among the starting five, and that begins with the embattled but supremely talented Rajon Rondo.

"I think you're going to have Rondo and Avery Bradley in the backcourt again," Blakely said. "Front court I think you're going to have Jeff Green at the three spot, Brandon Bass at the four and I think you're probably going to see Jared Sullinger get first crack at that starting center spot."

That might soothe some fans' fears of having the team trot out Gerald Wallace and Kris Humphries for significant minutes. Neither is a bad player, but the contracts they carry are anchors to their value. Many in Boston would rather see the duo traded elsewhere.

Well, they are still on the team for now and Levine believes they will still be here when the season starts. With so much money invested in these pair of players (money the Nets put into them, but still), Levine is skeptical that they will play such little roles on such an inexperienced squad.

"The two guys you left out are Humphries and Gerald Wallace, two guys that are getting what $10 million and $11 million a piece?" Levine said. "That's a lot of money to have on the bench…Not that you start them just for that reason but I think that could be a scary predicament first-year coach Brad Stevens finds himself in."