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Celtics training camp roster late power rankings

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The Boston Celtics will finish training camp in less than two weeks. Most of the summer was spent obsessing over the top of the roster and the potential exchange of Jaylen Brown and Kevin Durant, but in recent weeks the focus has shifted to the back end of the roster.

With Danilo Gallinari likely to miss the season with a torn ACL, the Celtics’ deep depth is in the spotlight. Gallinari should have been part of his 10-man core in Boston, but his absence leaves some question marks going into camp, especially with Boston’s thin frontcourt.

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The Celtics are set to gather familiar faces and former first-round picks to vie for the last spot on a roster that still has three seats left. Boston will likely fill two of those spots for him, but he will likely vacate the 15th position to maximize his mid-season maneuvering potential (and already has the luxury of saving money while spending his $19 million on taxes).

Boston resurrected last season’s Top 8 and added Malcolm Brogdon so they could run through the top half of the roster power rankings with 1. Jason Tatum, 2. Jaylen Brown, 3. Marcus Smart, 4. Robert Williams and more. increase. III, 5. Al Horford, 6. Brogdon, 7. Derrick White, 8. Grant Williams, 9. Peyton Pritchard. We quarrel when necessary, but I feel it is fair in favor of what we saw last season.

Those fantasizing about adding Carmelo Anthony or another veteran will probably have to be patient. Give camp groups every opportunity to assert themselves before considering their needs.

10. Sam Hauser: The undrafted sniper will get promoted to the parent roster midway through his rookie year and get his first chance to fill the void for Gallinari. The 24-year-old has size and shooting talent that overshadow some of what Gallinari was able to offer, but he impacts the offense in other ways while making sure he’s not an easy-to-target defender. Boston’s top-end depth should provide a lot of quality looks for the Hauser.

11. Luke Cornette: With the largest body (7 foot 2, 250 pounds) on Boston’s roster, Cornette could be more important than most expected. He’s shown enough in his part of two seasons that he’s comfortable with the Boston brass, and could be a third or fourth center in a more important role than we’ve seen.Kornet can stretch out the floor and joust to the glass. Can he score a big time against Joel Embiid? That might be the case if you are.

12. Mufiondu Kabengele: After shining in Summer League, the former first-round pick (No. 27 in 2019) signed a two-way deal with Boston that allowed him to add the frontcourt layer he needed.Nephew of Dikenbe Mutombo is a rim runner who showed off his sneaky back alley skills in Vegas. He needs to step up his defense, but is a solid rebounder for his size. The Celtics want Kabengele to thrive in a role that doesn’t have expectations on draft day.

13. JD Davison: Don’t get me wrong here: Davison will almost certainly spend most of the season in Maine after a lonely season in Alabama. But he’s already made a two-way trade, which gives him an edge over everyone else below him on this list. , he is the depth of urgency.

14. Jake Layman: This is not just a local boy coming home to camp and feeling good. The 6-foot-8 swingman was a capable reserve in Portland and Minnesota with 243 games in the NBA. The Celtics could benefit from wing depth, and the Wrentham native should give reasons to stay in camp.

15. Justin Jackson: One of the many former first-round picks (15th overall in 2017) that Boston has in camp to contend for the deep spot, Jackson shines as a late addition to Boston’s summer roster. He also made a one-game cameo here last season when the team needed a body. His size and his three-point shot can help Boston’s wing depth as well.

16. Brodrick Thomas: Thomas, Boston’s two-way player last season, has a favorable familiarity with him, but he’s out of favor in his game for Boston to consider carrying another guard in one of those final spots. progress must be shown.

17. Noah Vonley: The 9th overall pick of 2014, Vonleh has a wealth of NBA experience, but spent the entire 2021-22 season playing abroad in China. His Massachusetts roots are another good camp his story, but since his 68-game stint with the Knicks in 2018-19, he’s consistently posted his NBA minutes. Is not …

18. Bruno Caboclo: After Caboclo was drafted with the No. 20 pick in 2014, ESPN analyst Fran Frascilla declared him “two years down the line.” That was eight years ago. Caboclo has recorded his double-digit minutes in an NBA game only once since the bubble. The 6.9-foot forward was Brazil’s MVP last season and is still a physical wonder with an incredible wingspan.

19. Denzel Valentine: The 14th pick in the 2016 draft, he was acquired by Boston, Maine’s G League affiliate at the end of last season. He is now 28 and faces long odds to make the final roster. But with his 256-game NBA experience, he should at least get another chance to move to Maine in hopes of jump-starting his NBA career.

* Gallinari: Rehab will almost certainly cost Gallinari his season. He may still be a quality veteran presence around the team. (and player option years remaining on his contract) could be considered packaged with future picks. I’m crossing my fingers to be able to be a contributor next season.