Celtics training camp kicks off this week in the brand new Auerbach Center for one of the most anticipated seasons in recent memory. There has been almost endless optimism ahead of camp as Brad Stevens prepares to work with a fully healthy roster for the first time in the Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward era.
However, there are still many questions that have to be answered heading into camp, both with the rotation and where certain players stand for the team’s big-picture plan. With the start of the regular season just three weeks away, Boston’s brass won’t have a ton of time to get the answers they need but here are a few areas that you will need to watch as camp begins.
1. How often do the Celtics use their best lineup as their starting five? It seems like a simple answer in theory. One year ago, Brad Stevens opted to go with Irving/Brown/Hayward/Tatum/Horford as his starting five and that group only got to play five minutes together before Hayward’s season came to an unfortunate end. The ceiling for that unit should be even higher a year later after such pronounced development from Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum and conventional wisdom says they will get the lion’s share of starts during the regular season.
However, starting the best five is not always the default option for elite teams around the league.