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Team: Boston Celtics
Age / DOB:  (39) / 10/22/1976

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Brad Stevens said that he won't commit to a consistent rotation this season.
"I’m going to spend a lot less time committing to a plan that was preconceived and a lot more time evaluating what’s going on," Stevens said. "Who is playing well? How do they best complement each other? If we can find some consistency in that, it would be helpful." This quote illustrates the nightmare of owning one of Boston's frontcourt players, as it's anyone’s guess as to who will be receiving consistent playing time on any given night. The five-way timeshare has essentially rendered David Lee, Tyler Zeller, Amir Johnson, Kelly Olynyk and Jared Sullinger useless in standard formats. Nov 4 - 2:01 PM
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Brad Stevens said on Sunday that he has still not decided on a starting lineup for the Celtics.

"I think [Marcus Smart, Avery Bradley and Jae Crowder] are all really good defenders and can get into the ball, and David can kind of act as the point forward that we've talked about with that group," Stevens said. "So at the end of the day we'll see if that stays or we'll see if that changes. I'm not dead set on it by any means." Bradley and Lee look like they've each locked up a spot in the starting unit, but Jae Crowder, Marcus Smart and Tyler Zeller's status remains undetermined. The Celtics are very deep team, particularly with regards to the frontcourt, so guys like Jared Sullinger, Kelly Olynyk and Amir Johnson could struggle to get meaningful playing time on a consistent basis.

Brad Stevens said that he's been thinking about the Celtics' rotations for the past two months, and he'd like to have the initial one finalized by Boston’s first preseason game on October 6.

Stevens has previously said he's contemplating using a 10-man rotation, and he hasn't yet tipped his hand at a starting lineup. The position battle between Marcus Smart and Isaiah Thomas is one will be watching closely during training camp, in addition to how he plans to distribute minutes among David Lee, Jared Sullinger, Amir Johnson, Kelly Olynyk and Tyler Zeller.

Brad Stevens, who recently said he didn't want to have more than a 10-man rotation, said Tuesday he still doesn't know his starting lineup.

A 10-man rotation is still pretty big and Stevens has never been a coach to find a lineup or rotation and stick with it. The tinkerer seems to change his mind often and at this point, Isaiah Thomas looks likely to be the most reliable Celtic this season, even if he comes off the bench. And if that's the case, the Celtics could be a fantasy mess.
Sep 23 - 12:34 AM

Brad Stevens said he would have no problem using a 10-man rotation due to the Celtics depth.

While a 10-man rotation wouldn't be a huge issue for players like Isaiah Thomas and Marcus Smart, it could hinder the minutes of the likes of Jae Crowder and Evan Turner. We'll keep an eye on the Celtics rotation early in the season, but the team's depth could have an adverse affect on its fringe fantasy players.

Clippers head coach Doc Rivers said it was evident to him that Celtics players respect head coach Brad Stevens.

Speaking at a charity event in Boston, Rivers said, "After all the trades you could see there was a group of guys who all believed in Brad Stevens." Stevens is quickly becoming one of the more respected coaches in the league and will elevate his status that much more if he's able to lead the Celtics to a second consecutive playoff appearance in 2015-16.
Sep 3 - 9:55 AM

Coach Brad Stevens said he's "interested to see" the Celtics using bigger lineups next season.

Last year, they used a heck of a lot of Jae Crowder at the four down the stretch. In the offseason, they picked up Amir Johnson and David Lee, so they will likely have a more traditional lineup while the team is healthy. Lee is an intriguing pick late in drafts while Crowder is a bit of a question mark.
Sep 2 - 6:30 PM

Brad Stevens said he used tape review in order to improve the Celtics in late-game situations.

Boston was minus-25.4 (29th) in defensive rating in the final five minutes with the score differential five points or fewer during the 2013-14 season, and Stevens was adamant about that not happening again. "I broke down every possession in the smallest of details," he said. The Celtics were minus-7.5 in those same situations during the 2014-15 season.
May 11 - 9:30 AM

Brad Stevens suggested that the Celtics will prioritize rebounding and shooting as they prepare for the 2015 draft.

"The biggest thing is you have to look at the ability to finish plays," Stevens said. "Certainly rebounding showed itself to be an issue in the playoffs. You always have to prioritize shooting and scoring, from wherever." Boston has their own first- and second-round picks this season, in addition to the Clippers' first-round pick and the 76ers' second-round pick.
May 2 - 10:19 AM

Celtics president Danny Ainge said head coach Brad Stevens is in the top echelon of coaches.

While Ainge is obviously biased, Stevens did finish fourth in Coach of the Year voting and received two first-place votes so the Celtics president isn't too far off here. Stevens led an underwhelming Celtics roster to a 40-42 record and a surprising playoff berth and has established himself as one of the league's top, young head coaches.
Apr 30 - 11:05 AM

Celtics' head coach Brad Stevens said that there will be no change to Boston's starting lineup for Thursday's Game 3 against Cleveland.

Stevens did add that he'll use his bench more "liberally," so it sounds like Isaiah Thomas could see his minutes in the high 30s tonight as he's been one of Boston's most effective scorers through the first two games of the series. More minutes for Isaiah may lead to fewer minutes for Marcus Smart. Jared Sullinger may also see his minutes increased.

Brad Stevens said that he'll go with his regular rotations for Tuesday's game vs. the Raptors, but he hinted that he may rest some guys Wednesday vs. the Bucks.

Isiah Thomas, Avery Bradley, and Jared Sullinger would be the logical choices for a potential rest day, so owners will need to be on the look out for that. If Bradley or Thomas is given the day off, Evan Turner would be the primary beneficiary.

Brad Stevens shot down rumors that he might be interested in the University of Texas' opening for head coach of Men's Basketball by saying he's committed to the Celtics.

Though Stevens will likely be connected to any opening major college positions that open up, he channeled his inner Bill Belichick in an attempt to shoot down rumors. "I'll be in Boston," Stevens said. "I've committed to being here. I've already left a situation once and that was the hardest thing I've ever had to choose to do. This is something that as long as they want me to be here, this is what I want to be doing and I'm going to give it everything I've got." Stevens hasn't had the most fantasy-friendly rotations this season, but he's down a great job with the roster he has, so Celtics fans have to be happy to hear his response to the Texas rumors.
Apr 2 - 9:28 AM

Brad Stevens hinted that he may be making a change to the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Knicks.

One change will likely be Jared Sullinger's return to the starting lineup after he was benched for showing up late to Sunday's shootaround. However, another possible change would be Marcus Smart entering the starting five, which would send Evan Turner to the bench. Smart started the second half of Sunday's game, and while he shot just 1-of-6 from the field, he also dished out a career-high nine assists. Check back for an update on the Celtics' starters closer to tip-off.
Feb 3 - 2:24 PM

Coach Brad Stevens hinted that he may tweak his starting lineup for Thursday's game against Portland.

Coach Stevens said he contemplated a change to match up better with Portland, but it wouldn't be surprising to see a permanent switch occur soon. Jae Crowder has struggled recently in the first unit, and the Celtics would be crazy not to give Marcus Smart another shot in the starting lineup due to his stellar play off the bench recently. Evan Turner has been playing well enough to remain a starter, but it wouldn't be surprising to see him slide over to take Crowder's spot, allowing Smart to run the offense once again. Nothing is certain yet, but we will follow this situation very closely.
Jan 22 - 2:02 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Marcus Smart
2Isaiah Thomas
3Terry Rozier
SG1Avery Bradley
2R.J. Hunter
SF1Jae Crowder
2Evan Turner
3James Young
PF1David Lee
2Amir Johnson
3Jared Sullinger
4Jonas Jerebko
C1Tyler Zeller
2Kelly Olynyk