The Boston Celtics’ depth charts are going to look quite different in the 2023-24 season, after President of Basketball Ops Brad Stevens made a major roster shakeup with the swap of Marcus Smart for Kristaps Porzingis in a three-team trade.
Here’s an early look at how the Celtics’ depth charts look after a relatively quiet start to free agency…
We’ll see if Stevens has an appetite for yet another big move at this position. But the safe bet, here, is that the Celtics move forward with Derrick White as their starting point guard and Malcolm Brogdon resuming his award-winning “sixth man” role.
This should also mean more minutes for Payton Pritchard, whose playing time has decreased in each of the past two seasons. Pritchard averaged just 13.4 minutes per game in the 2022-23 season and admitted he was hoping to be traded at the deadline in order to get on the floor more. If he stays in Boston, he should certainly get an uptick in minutes with Smart gone.
The depth chart could still be subject to change at this position. Jayson Tatum is rumored to be trying to recruit Damian Lillard to force a trade from Portland to Boston. Boston was also believed to be interested in Patrick Beverley, who ended up signing with the Sixers.
We’ll see if Stevens has it in him to make one more big move at point guard. But in all likelihood, the Celtics are promoting White and will add cheap veteran depth, if anything. However, Stevens is looking at a thin group out there in free agency after making just one minor signing. (UPDATE: According to Shams Charania, the Celtics are signing free-agent point guard Dalano Banton to a two-year deal.