Brad Stevens wants Boston’s lineup set by final week of preseason
While in Europe for a pair of exhibition games against Real Madrid and Olimpia Milano, Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens will get a good look at his new roster.
With so many new faces and varying skill-sets, this is Stevens' best shot at figuring out where all the pieces best fit.
But take these lineups with a grain of salt. Boston figures to experiment quite a bit overseas, and they won't have a solid-rock rotation until much later in the process, per ESPN's Chris Forsberg:
The Celtics are unnaturally deep at a few positions, particularly power forward. But Stevens is more worried about how one player's strengths compliment another player's weaknesses than any positional designation. (It's OK for three “power forwards” to play at the same time.)
But that doesn't mean finding answers will be easy. Stevens has a lot of work cut out for him this month.
“I think it’s very likely that we’ll start different lineups in each game overseas,” said Stevens. “We can certainly discuss [lineups] and talk about it, but I don’t think anything will be set in stone. I think you want to have it somewhat set by the time we start our last week of the preseason.”