What Does the Boston Celtics’ Starting Lineup Look Like For The 2021-22 Season?

Published 08/17/2021, 1:42 AM EDT
May 18, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) shoots the ball over Washington Wizards forward Davis Bertans (42) during the first half at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports


Boston Celtics are one of the most successful organizations in NBA history. They have won the most championships in franchise history. Moreover, many great players have played in the Celtics uniform. However, since their last title in 2008, things have not gone their way.

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Last season, the Celtics finished as the 7th seed in the regular season. Eventually, their season ended after the Brooklyn Nets took care of them in the first round of the playoffs. But their major hiccup last season was Jaylen Brown’s injury.

May 25, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Boston Celtics small forward Jayson Tatum (0) controls the ball against Brooklyn Nets small forward Joe Harris (12) during the second quarter of game two of the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Now, with his return, Boston has their All-Star duo back for the season.

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The 2021-22 Boston Celtics

After an underwhelming finish last season, Boston will look to make a deep playoff run. The Celtics have made some underdog signings with Josh Richardson and Schroder. Also, they have made their intentions to compete quite clear and they have the necessary pieces as well. Here is how they will line up.

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Backcourt

Marcus Smart (Point Guard)

Smart is a great two-way player in the league. As he has been consistent with Boston, he will most likely take the starting point guard position over Dennis Schroder. His hustle on the court makes him an enormous threat to the opposition. Moreover, he is a great shooter. But, it is his defense that the Celtics will need more than anything.

Jaylen Brown (Shooting Guard)

As Brown went down with a wrist injury last year, he missed a good part of the season, causing Boston to go down to the 7th seed.

He and Jayson Tatum form the offensive core of this Celtics. Hence, his performance could be ‘make or break’ for Boston in the coming season.

Feb 14, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) dribbles the ball around the screen of Celtics forward Tristan Thompson (13) as Washington Wizards guard Russell Westbrook (4) defends in the second quarter at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Frontcourt

Josh Richardson (Small Forward) 

Another defensive presence, Richardson also adds size to the lineup. Moreover, he is also a reliable scorer. The Celtics need someone like him on the floor, especially after trading away Kemba Walker in the off-season. Richardson played for the Dallas Mavericks last season, putting up 12 points to go with 1 steal. He is also a 91% free throw shooter.

Jayson Tatum (Power Forward)

Arguably, the best player on the Celtics roster, Tatum, is the centerpiece of the organization. He scored 50 points in their sole win against the Nets in the playoffs. Notably, he even earned praise from Kevin Durant after a successful Olympic Games. Being the primary scorer, he put up 26 points per game last season while shooting 38% from deep.

May 30, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) looks to pass around Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden (13) during the second half of game four in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

Robert Williams III (Center)

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Wrapping up the Celtics starting lineup is Williams, who impressed a lot in the post-season last year. He broke the Celtics record for most blocks in a playoff game with 9 against Brooklyn. Williams will fulfill the role of being the rim protector for Boston in the coming season.

The Celtics are a young group this season. They will have to find ways to develop their young players and have a better season this time around. Do you think the Boston Celtics will have a better season than last year?

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.

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