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NBA Notebook: Celtics player power rankings (November edition) – A tight race at the top

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A look at the highs and lows across the Celtics roster after the month of November in our December edition of the Celtics player power rankings.

Not ranked: Gordon Hayward -- Just four games in November before suffering his broken hand takes him out of the running.

16. Tacko Fall (Previous: 16): The rookie center was putting up some impressive numbers in Maine before suffering a knee sprain last week. He is expected to miss 1-2 weeks with the injury before returning to get more extended reps with the Red Claws.

15. Romeo Langford (Previous: 14): The Indiana product has fully recovered from a sprained ankle that kept him sidelined for the past couple weeks. With the Celtics getting healthier, they have assigned him again to the Red Claws so he can get more playing time. While it is looking more and more like this will be a ‘redshirt’ season for him as far as the NBA level, that probably was always part of the plan for the 19-year-old. Not ideal for a lottery pick, but it’s a reality of the wing depth chart at the moment.

14. Vincent Poirier (Previous: 13): The Frenchman has just played once since November 13th as he sits a distant fourth (or even fifth) on the center depth chart behind both of the Williams boys, Enes Kanter and Daniel Theis. He may get another chance at some point this season if injuries hit but otherwise, he’s going to be stuck at the end of the bench until further notice. If the C’s also bring aboard an upgrade via trade or free agency, he’s an easy candidate to go.

13. Tremont Waters (Previous: 17): It was quite the week for the second-round pick who went from Maine to 19 critical minutes in his Celtics debut in the backcourt. The strong play of Brad Wanamaker along with the pending return of Gordon Hayward will limit his opportunities for the present but there is a lot to be optimistic about for the long-term as the undersized point develops in Maine on a two-way.

12. Javonte Green (Previous: 15): After a strong start upon joining the rotation when Gordon Hayward went down, he’s slowly been pushed back towards the bottom of the depth chart. He hasn’t played over nine minutes since Nov. 11 and has received a pair of DNP-CDs as the bench unit has gotten healthier. A lack of a jump shot and subpar defensive awareness has cost him consistent time even though he’s still shooting 55 percent from the field.

11. Carsen Edwards (Previous: 10): A superb start to his preseason has vanished almost entirely after a