After over four months off, the dynamics of the Celtics roster have changed quite a bit amid a return to good health for several key players. Three scrimmages in Orlando plus an extended training camp created the beginning of a new hierarchy while several key question marks loom over this group. Let's take a closer look at where everyone stands in the latest edition of the Celtics player power rankings.
17. Tacko Fall (Previous: 16): We’ve likely seen the last of the 7-foot-6 big man in Orlando unless one of the seeding games ends up meaningless for the C’s from a standings standpoint. Fall will be on the inactive roster until further notice but he did get a chance to dunk on Jeff Green a couple of times on Tuesday night. For now, count on the C’s trying to sign him to another two-way deal this offseason.
16. Vincent Poirier (Previous: 13): The one mistake signing for the Celtics offseason remains fourth on the team’s depth chart. Can’t really fault the front office for giving him a shot given the team’s uncertainty at center (they struck gold with Daniel Theis two years earlier overseas) but Poirier’s game just hasn’t translated. He will be a candidate to be waived or traded this offseason but I wouldn’t expect him on the 13-man active roster for any seeding games.
15. Carsen Edwards (Previous: 12): This is arguably a little too low of a ranking for the rookie guard after scoring a team-high 19 points against the Rockets. He played well in limited minutes against the Suns as well, hopefully building some confidence for the 6-foot-3 guard after struggling with his shot over the majority of the first 65 games. However, Edwards remains a defensive liability at this point and he didn’t do enough in camp to threaten Brad Wanamaker’s spot in the rotation as a secondary backup guard. The guess here is he will be left inactive for most games as Stevens opts for more seasoned depth for the end of his bench. At least he added to his highlight reel with the dunk on Harden.
14. Tremont Waters (Previous: 15): We saw the best and worst of Waters during the scrimmage games. He served as a bright spot against the Thunder with his passing ability but his shooting limitations were apparent against the Rockets (3-of-13) along with some questionable decision making at times (6 turnovers). While he’s definitely a better pure passer than Wanamaker, the C’s coaching staff like Wanamaker’s size and reliability. Waters will push hard for a roster spot next season but he’s on the outside when it comes to playing time when this roster is healthy.
13. Javonte Green (Previous: 12): The 26-year-old rookie has been a bit of an afterthought in Orlando given all the attention on the younger rookies on the roster. Green is clearly out of the rotation now for the wing rotation based on Stevens subbing patterns but he did show off some timely outside shooting (3-of-3 from 3-point range) against the Rockets. That’s a positive sign for his long-term NBA potential since a more reliable jump shot could make him a rotation staple. For now, he makes the cut for the active 13-man roster thanks to his ability to get to the rhythm and get into people defensively. He’s a change of pace option for Brad Stevens on nights the C’s bench unit is looking flat.
12. Rob Williams (Previous: NR/injured): It’s probably unfair to call his three scrimmages in Orlando