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How will the minutes be distributed for the new look Celtics?

How will the minutes be distributed for the new look Celtics?
Published On: Wed, Oct 10
Jun 23, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Guerschon Yabusele walks off the stage after being selected as the number sixteen overall pick to the Boston Celtics in the first round of the 2016 NBA Draft at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

There is only about a week left until the season opener. The preseason is winding down, and teams are trying to make the final decisions about their lineups before heading into the regular season. The questions that surrounded each team before the season are finally close to being answered.

TheA Boston CelticsA come in this season with major expectations. Their roster is fully healthy, and the East is there for the taking. With Kyrie Irving andA Gordon HaywardA back healthy, the sky is the limit for this team. Compared to many teams in the league, Boston did not shake up their roster much at all over the off season. However, the lineup will look tremendously different than in Game 7 of last yeara€™s Eastern Conference Finals.

There is one question that sticks out for the Celtics, and that is how Brad Stevens will handle the new distribution of minutes now thatA Gordon HaywardA is healthy again this season? It is important to first compare the individual minutes of last season with how many minutesA Gordon HaywardA averaged in his last few seasons in Utah. In his last three seasons with theA Jazz, Hayward averaged 35.0 minutes per game. Using simple one-to-one logic, that means there will be around 30-35 minutes per game that he will take up from last yeara€™s roster. Obviously, it may not be that simple, but this overall premise is the basis for the question.

The first player that will be giving up minutes in Haywarda€™s return isA Aron Baynes. He is the most obvious answer given that his starting spot in the lineup will be taken by Hayward. Stevens will most likely start games with his same versatile lineup from last yeara€™s season opener withA Al HorfordA at center. That meansA Bayneswill have to give up his starting role.

Last season, Baynes started in 67 games averaging 18.3 minutes per game. This number should drop significantly to around 8-10 minutes per game. In a traditional lineup, Baynes should see the floor filling the traditional center role, however, if the team stays healthy, Stevens will look to have the most versatile lineups on the court at all times

It hopefully will not be a difficult transition for Baynes. He had been a reserve for most of his career, and the numbers for him as a starter are not drastically different compared to him coming off the bench. Baynes understands his role on this team, and he will be ready to duplicate last yeara€™s usage whenever the team needs some extra size on the floor.

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