Celtics' depth chart post-NBA Draft highlights two obvious needs


The Boston Celtics began their offseason of change Thursday by adding four fresh faces in the 2019 NBA Draft.

But a glance at their depth chart proves there's still plenty of work to be done.

With Kyrie Irving, Al Horford and Marcus Morris hitting free agency and Aron Baynes off the Phoenix Suns, the Celtics are set to have just seven returning players under team control when the 2019-20 league year begins June 30.

That number could be 10 if Boston brings back Terry Rozier, Daniel Theis and Brad Wanamaker in restricted free agency, and draftees Romeo Langford (No. 14), Grant Williams (No. 22), Carsen Edwards (No. 33) and Tremont Waters (No. 51) should help fill out the roster.

If you go by position, though, it's quite clear to see where the Celtics' needs lie. Let's break it down.

Marcus Smart
Terry Rozier (RFA)
Brad Wanamaker (RFA)
Carsen Edwards (rookie)
Tremont Waters (rookie)

Gordon Hayward
Jayson Tatum
Jaylen Brown
Semi Ojeleye
Romeo Langford (rookie)

Robert Williams
Guerschon Yabusele
Daniel Theis (RFA)
Grant Williams (rookie)

So, yeah. Boston needs a starting point guard and a starting center.

Rozier could fill that role if the C's re-sign him, but even if Rozier returns, Smart is the only other non-rookie on the roster who plays point. That means Edwards could see decent minutes this season if Boston doesn't acquire a veteran point guard via free agency or trade.

Up front, Robert Williams is the only true center on roster with the departures of Horford and Baynes. The Celtics reportedly are eyeing Nikola Vucevic and Clint Capela as starting center options, but the Time Lord still should see playing time in a thin frontcourt.

Boston is loaded at wing, though, as Grant Williams is a "tweener" who can play the 3 or the 4.

Free agency begins just over a week from now, so expect Danny Ainge and Co. to pursue options at point guard and center as the 2019-20 roster takes shape.

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