Celtics

Brad Stevens believes Celtics’ rookies could contribute ‘right away’

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LAS VEGAS -- Opportunity will be plentiful across the Celtics roster during training camp following the departures of four rotation pieces.

Veterans like Enes Kanter and Kemba Walker will pick up some of the slack for holes in the starting five, but there is still a lot left up for grabs when it comes to the second unit. After a clear cut sixth man (Marcus Smart or Gordon Hayward), the full bench rotation for the Celtics will likely be determined during a very competitive training camp. After a strong start to summer league, it appears several of the C's rookies will factor into that conversation according to Brad Stevens.

The head coach spoke highly of all of the team's picks so far but singled out Carsen Edwards and Grant Williams as two players that could help right away.

"Carsen has a chance to impact our team early because he obviously can make tough shots, he’s done a great job of picking the right ones, and he’s done a great job of picking up full and pressuring the ball," Stevens explained. "At Purdue, when he had as much usage as he did, he couldn’t be asked to do that and we knew that coming in. And then Grant’s been just who Grant is. That’s a steady guy who impacts winning. He’s one of the few I think can change his game pretty dramatically and still impact winning. So and then Romeo obviously hasn’t played yet. The guys we’ve drafted have all made a good impact so far, but it’s a long way from being an Opening Day game in the NBA, I know that."

Tremont Waters, who agreed to a two-way deal with Boston on Tuesday, also stuck out to Stevens.