With the Celtics officially hitting the midway point of the season after Thursday's game against the Heat, the time is right for our monthly check-in on the hierarchy of this roster. A look at how each player stands after an 25-16 start to the year.
14. Guerschon Yabusele (Previously: 14): The 23-year-old has played eight straight games heading into Saturday’s matchup against Orlando but the increased activity has been a result of garbage time play during wins and losses rather than a notable spike in opportunity. Yabusele turned some heads with a strong defensive performance in the win over Memphis last month but has not been able to surpass Daniel Theis for bench big minutes even with AronBaynes out. With the veteran center set to return next week, Yabusele will probably see more action in Maine than with the big club over the next three months. He deserves a chance at some point but this roster is too deep for him to get it.
13. Brad Wanamaker (13): After nearly a full half-season of waiting on the bench, Wanamaker played his best game as a pro in a Celtics uniform last Friday against Dallas with four rotation players out in front of him. He posted career-highs in points (8), assists (4) and steals (3) before being relegated back to deep bench duty once Kyrie Irving and Marcus Morris returned to the lineup. Brad Stevens hasn’t gone to Wanamaker as a ‘spark’ option much this year (unlike Shane Larkin last year) but it will be interesting to see if he gets a chance here and there in the second half if Terry Rozier continues to struggle. Wanamaker doesn’t have the explosiveness that Rozier does but he’s a far steadier option in the pick-and-roll. On a team where ball-stopping has been a problem, Wanamaker should help on that front.