With opening night approaching on Wednesday, it's time to dive into the first edition of the 2020-21 season player power rankings as we preview what to expect from each player for the year ahead. We will continue to take a monthly snapshot of this group as the season progresses.
Let’s get to the rankings:
Not ranked due to injury: Kemba Walker and Romeo Langford
15. Tacko Fall: (Previous: 17): Everyone’s favorite big man will be in uniform a lot more for the Celtics this season this year after the NBA green-lighted having 15 active players on the roster nightly. However, Fall’s minutes beyond guarding the inbounds or rim in a late-game situation won’t be coming beyond garbage time. He’s made a lot of strides in his brief NBA career but he still has a long way to go before he can be counted on defensively as evidenced by his stint against the Sixers regulars. With so many other bigs on the free-agent market, it’s fair to wonder how long Fall’s spot on this roster remains secure. For now, his best hope is everyone stays healthy among the bigs so the C’s need for an immediate contributor in this spot isn’t pressing.
14. Carsen Edwards (Previous: 15): It’s not fair to judge any player from just two preseason games but that may be the most opportunity that the second-year guard is getting for a while. He knocked down just one of his ten shots over those two contests, a carryover from a rough rookie year in both the NBA level and in the G-League. With Payton Pritchard already surpassing him in Boston’s rotation, the best thing Edwards has going for himself right now is signing a four-year contract last summer that is guaranteed through 2021-22. The odds are against him making it that long on this roster with no noticeable signs of improvement so far in year two.
13. Semi Ojeleye (Previous: 9): The fourth-year forward went from potentially getting waived in the offseason (if