A first look at the Celtics roster hierarchy after the opening two weeks of training camp. Boston will be able to keep up to 15 players on the main roster and two 2-way players at the end of camp.
T-19. Yante Maten/Kaiser Gates: This duo has yet to see the floor in a preseason game and are on a path towards the Maine Red Claws after signing Exhibit 10 deals with the C’s during training camp.
18. Max Strus: The C’s agreed to a two-way deal with the undrafted free agent back in June but the swingman is the obvious candidate to be let go if the C’s elect to keep both Javonte Green and Tacko Fall around. Strus has good size for a wing and strong offensive IQ but his outside shooting hasn’t stood out yet in summer league or in limited preseason action. He’s going to need a strong finish to camp in order to solidify his spot, but he will be spending most of his season in the G-League whether it’s in Maine or with another franchise.
17. Tacko Fall: The momentum behind the 7-foot-5 center is building in arenas across America as Brad Stevens prepares to have to handle ‘We want Tacko’ chants for 82 games this year. While the odds of Fall making the 15-man roster seems long due to the strong play of Javonte Green, the C’s question marks at center make keeping Fall on a two-way a sensible option. He could get plenty of seasoning in the G-League and some situational work with the big club against teams with size up front. Like summer league, Fall has looked like he belongs on an NBA floor thus far.
16. Tremont Waters: The Celtics were thrilled when he fell to the No. 51 spot in the second round as the team agreed to a two-way with the point guard shortly after draft night. He’s probably played well enough so far with his defensive timing and playmaking to earn a spot on the 15-man roster but it’s hard to find a spot for him in this group with Javonte Green thriving as well. He will spend some most of his year in the G-League but it wouldn’t surprise me to see Brad Stevens give him a chance in spots if Brad Wanamaker struggles to hold his own on the defensive end.
15. Javonte Green: The 26-year-old has not missed a shot this preseason (9/9 FG) and couldn’t have asked for