Boston Celtics

If the Eastern Conference Finals told you anything, it’s that the Celtics are a healthy Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward away from this new era’s first trip to the NBA Finals.

They, along with Al Horford, are obvious locks for Boston’s starting five in 2018-19. And you could make the case that both Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum — the C’s young core of a tomorrow that’s come rather quickly — propelled themselves into that group with standout playoff performances.

The return of those healthy bodies for a full season and progression of that youthful duo undoubtedly leaves some of those Celtics that carved out significant roles for the C’s in the 2018 postseason, such as backup point guard Terry Rozier and two-way wing Marcus Morris, in some odd spots.

Morris acknowledged as much when speaking with the media this week.

“I’m just not sure,” the 28-year-old Morris, who spent time as both a starter and sixth man this postseason, said of his role on next year’s team. “There’s going to be a lot of players next year, so I’m not 100 percent sure where I fit totally yet. It’s just something I’m still kind of wary about.”

With the Celtics decimated by injuries in the postseason, Morris averaged 29.6 minutes per game (sixth-most among all Celtics and a three-minute uptick from his regular-season average), including 31.2 minutes of play per game in the third round where he was tasked with slowing LeBron James in one-on-one battles.

Morris undoubtedly relished his role as a tone-setter for Boston, too, with 13 points per game and a 42.9 field goal percentage in his four playoff games as a starter compared to his 12.3 points and 35.4 field goal percentage in 15 games off the bench. Overall, Morris’ 41.7 percent mark from behind the arc ranked as the second-best on the C’s in the postseason.

While it never became a distraction of any sort in the regular season, the always-honest Morris had moments where he admitted that he would obviously prefer to be a starter. That’s far from a shock, of course, as the 6-foot-9 Morris came to Boston after starting every single game of his two-year, 159-game run with the Pistons.

Celtics coach Brad Stevens did his part to massage any potential bruises to No. 13’s ego in this role when he called Morris a “starter that comes off the bench.” And given how Stevens utilizes his wings, especially those that can play some respectable defense, it’s hard to picture a scenario in which Morris becomes a talent spending more time in a sweatsuit than on the Garden parquet.

But Morris’ concerns could come to the forefront if the 2018-19 season sees the Celtics’ loaded wing group headlined by Brown, Hayward, and Tatum bury Morris down the Boston depth chart.