Pregame Post-Ups: Stevens Discusses C’s Starting Center Plan
Friday, Oct. 25 - Raptors at Celtics
Pregame – Stevens Discusses C’s Starting Center Plan
BOSTON – One of the biggest question marks for the Celtics entering this season is how they’ll manage the starting center position. They have a handful of bigs who each offer their own unique skill sets, though there is not one option that truly stands out above the others.
With that in mind, coach Brad Stevens says the team is not likely to have a set starting center for the majority of the season and that it will matchup-based decision from game to game.
The Celtics started Enes Kanter at the 5 during Wednesday night’s season-opener, because his size matched up well against Philadelphia’s frontcourt. Unfortunately, Kanter injured his knee during the second quarter and will be out for at least a couple of games, but when he returns, the C’s could continue to use him against larger frontcourts.
If the C's want to take a small-ball approach against smaller frontcourts, Daniel Theis would be a good option. Rising sophomore Robert Williams is another starting option the C’s could turn to, just as they did during their first preseason game. Stevens also noted that Vincent Poirier’s game is coming along nicely, so the rookie big man could see some significant minutes as well.
It’s still up in the air as to who will start at center tonight against the defending champion Raptors, but Stevens says all three of his healthy big men should expect to see significant playing time against Toronto’s experienced frontcourt.
“This is a really tough matchup for Theis, Poirier and Williams when you talk about (Marc) Gasol and (Serge) Ibaka,” Stevens said ahead of tip-off. “Those guys (Gasol and Ibaka) are really good. So, [Theis, Poirier and Williams] are probably all going to get a crack at it at one point or another.”
- Taylor Snow