Boston Celtics 2021-22 NBA Roster: Will Jayson Tatum and the New Arrivals Overcome the Big Departures?

Published 08/13/2021, 10:13 AM EDT
Feb 28, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) is hugged by a teammate after making the winning basket late in the fourth quarter of their 111-110 win over the Washington Wizards at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports


At the onset of the 2020-21 season, Boston Celtics were a hot topic. Many people estimated resounding victories for the side, that would ultimately lead them to the title. With the likes of Jayson Tatum and Kemba Walker, we can’t blame anyone for having thought so.

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Yet, the roster cut a sorry figure in the end as they finished 7th in the league. Following this, the men in green received a first-round mauling at the hands of the Brooklyn Nets in the playoffs. So how have Ime Udoka and company coped with the hard campaign?

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Incoming Players

  • Dennis Schroder

In a shocking move, the Celtics acquired former Laker Dennis Schroder in a one-year deal. The guard had a disappointing outing last year, and has switched sides. After playing a patient game, Boston bought the 27-year-old to fill the void of some huge exits. He will be a relatively experienced addition to the back-court, and has the chance to flourish in the new environment.

  • Josh Richardson
  • Kris Dunn
  • Enes Kanter
  • Sam Hauser
  • Bruno Fernando
  • Juhann Begarin

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Outgoing Players

  • Kemba Walker

The 31-year-old was a vital cog in the Celtics line-up, and has now moved to the New York Knicks. The signing was made official on Wednesday. Walker has signed a two-year deal with the Knicks worth around $18 million. The star’s exit leaves a gaping hole in the quality of Boston’s guards. Kemba Walker averaged close to 20 points last season.

  • Evan Fournier
  • Tristan Thompson
  • Moritz Wagner
  • Luke Kornet
  • Semi Ojeleye

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Boston Celtics 2021-22 Roster So Far

Apr 13, 2021; Portland, Oregon, USA; Boston Celtics small forward Jayson Tatum (0) reacts after a shot during the second half against the Portland Trail Blazers at Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports
  • Jayson Tatum
  • Jaylen Brown
  • Josh Richardson
  • Dennis Schroder
  • Kris Dunn
  • Enes Kanter
  • Carsen Edwards
  • Bruno Fernando
  • Sam Hauser
  • Juhann Begarin
  • Al Horford
  • Marcus Smart
  • Grant Williams
  • Robert Williams
  • Romeo Langford
  • Aaron Nesmith

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The Celtics surely have a jam-packed squad for the upcoming season, but is there is enough firepower? Either way, they will need to work extremely hard, and will need a Houdini act from Tatum in order to go all the way.

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Sankalp Harikrishnan

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Sankalp Harikrishnan is a tennis and NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He aspires to pursue Sports Journalism and has represented his institution in cricket, badminton, football, and table tennis. Apart from his professional desires, Sankalp does voluntary service with his friends to feed hungry animals on a regular basis.

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