Blakely and Draper break down the 2017-18 Celtics roster after blockbuster


The Kyrie Irving trade shipped two of the Boston Celtics' starting players. So, of course, the trade will shake up Brad Stevens' starting five for the season's start.

Kyle Draper and Sherrod Blakely broke down the changes that will be coming during Tuesday night's episode of "Early Edition."

"Kyrie -- he is going to be the straw that stirs this green cool-aid," Blakely said after immediately putting Irving atop the Celtics' roster.

Sherrod then did something somewhat surprising by pushing Jaylen Brown into the second spot on the roster.


"He showed that he has the versatility to play multiple positions, especially on defense," Sherrod said of Brown. "I think that's where he's really going to be able to make his name. I think his situation is going to be similar to what Avery Bradley's was."

Sherrod then added Gordon Hayward into the mix, adding that he is a "no-brainer." Then he slid Al Horford into the power forward spot.

"If you're the Celtics, you want to play position-less basketball, but at some point you're going to need my guy, Al Horford," Blakely said. "Al is more comfortable playing the four. He gives you -- he allows you to have four guys on the floor to pass, rebound, defend, make plays. But you're going to need some size."

Sherrod then added Aron Baynes, a 6-foot-10 player the Celtics signed this offseason, in at center. But Blakely added that Horford may be rotating into the center position, which would allow Marcus Morris, who Blakely labeled a "banger" and a "tough guy," to the No. 4 spot.

Here's a look at how Blakely projects the Celtics' starting unit.


PG: Kyrie Irving
SG: Jaylen Brown
SF: Gordon Hayward
PF: Al Horford
C: Aron Baynes

Blakely also expects role players like Marcus Smart, Jayson Tatum, Marcus Morris and Terry Rozer to have major roles.

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