As the NBA's return to play draws near, Alex Barutha and Nick Whalen explore one major question facing each of the 22 teams heading to Orlando.
Could a weak center rotation be their downfall?
Aside from the intentionally center-less Rockets, the Celtics have the worst center rotation of all teams likely to make the playoffs. Boston has made it work, with Daniel Theis exceeding expectations as a floor-spacer and solid rim protector and Enes Kanter pretending to be Hakeem Olajuwon for 17 minutes a game. Robert Williams is also healthy and could be a defensive wildcard.
Still, none of those options inspire confidence. In the East alone, there is Brook Lopez, Marc Gasol, Serge Ibaka, Bam Adebayo, Domantas Sabonis, Myles Turner, Joel Embiid, Jarrett Allen, DeAndre Jordan and Nikola Vucevic to deal with. Regular season numbers suggest it will be fine, as the Celtics have a +6.9 net rating in 924 small-ball possessions (mainly with Grant Williams at center, but some Jayson Tatum as well), per Cleaning The Glass.
But as we've seen time and time again, the playoffs can be a different story – it's when weaknesses truly get exploited. We'll see if Brad Stevens can make the right adjustments. - Alex Barutha
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