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Celtics Player Preview: Jonas Jerebko

09.20.16 at 2:30 pm ET
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With Celtics training camp set to begin on Sept. 26, WEEI.com presents a player-by-player breakdown of the roster. The Celtics have 20 players under contract but will have to cut the roster to 15 by the start of the season.

JONAS JEREBKO

2015-16 season

78 games with Celtics: 15.1 minutes, 4.4 points, 41.3% FG, 0.8 assists, 3.7 rebounds, 0.3 steals

The Swedish power forward’s numbers are a tad misleading, especially when considering the solid postseason that he had, but Jerebko server as nothing more than depth on the bench and put up pedestrian numbers on the court during the regular season. However, when the 29-year-old was feeling it, he was absolutely a force. His minutes increased to 27.0 per game during the playoffs, and he averaged 9.2 points and 6.8 rebounds per game in his six appearances, four of which were starts.

Projected role in 2016-17

Don’t rule this out: Jerebko will be the Evan Turner replacement everyone is looking for. While he lacks positional versatility, his ability to knock down shots, play down low and grab rebounds could make him a valuable sixth-man option for Brad Stevens. While he certainly shouldn’t be starting on a nightly basis, there is enough that Jerebko brings to the table that could be oft-used off the bench. His postseason last year made a case for his playmaking ability, so don’t be surprised to see his minutes and numbers increase this season.

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Celtics Player Profile: Jordan Mickey

09.20.16 at 10:25 am ET
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With Celtics training camp set to begin on Sept. 26, WEEI.com presents a player-by-player breakdown of the roster. The Celtics have 20 players under contract but will have to cut the roster to 15 by the start of the season.

JORDAN MICKEY

2015-16 season 

23 games with D-League’s Maine Red Claws: 33.4 minutes, 17.4 points, 10.3 rebounds, 4.4 blocks

Mickey was a double-double machine in the D-League and finished the season as the league leader in blocked shots. In his 16 appearances with the Celtics — mostly at the end of lopsided games — he finished with a total of 21 points, 13 rebounds and 11 blocks. Mickey was expected to have a big summer with the Celtics, but he was forced to sit out the Utah league due to a left shoulder injury. He rejoined the C’s in Las Vegas, where he averaged 9.8 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 1 block in five games. 

Projected role in 2016-17

For a team that’s in dire need of a secondary rim protector, the Celtics have high hopes of molding Mickey into that role. But he still has plenty of growing to do on both ends of the floor before he’s given an increased role. Mickey will be a third-stringer this season but certainly is making the most of his opportunities.

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Celtics Player Preview: Demetrius Jackson

09.19.16 at 2:42 pm ET
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With Celtics training camp set to begin on Sept. 26, WEEI.com presents a player-by-player breakdown of the roster. The Celtics have 20 players under contract but will have to cut the roster to 15 by the start of the season.

DEMETRIUS JACKSON

2015-16 season

36 games with Notre Dame: 35.9 minutes, 15.8 points, 45.1% FG, 4.7 assists, 3.8 rebounds, 1.2 steals

A lot of things went well for the Fighting Irish in 2015-16, including a trip to the Elite Eight, and Demtrius Jackson was a major catalyst for all of it. As a junior, the point guard was a constant scoring threat with a tremendous willingness to drive to the net while also being a solid distributor. His speed made him a huge threat in transition, and it became apparent how strong he was despite his roughly 6-foot-1 frame, especially in the paint on the offensive end.

Projected role in 2016-17

In the event he makes the roster, Jackson could prove himself to be a viable backup off the bench for Isaiah Thomas, as they play a very similar game. He would be best served as a depth option deep on the bench, as he can provide both scoring and passing, should both those abilities translate to the NBA level.

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Celtics Player Profile: Jaylen Brown

09.19.16 at 10:00 am ET
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With Celtics training camp set to begin on Sept. 26, WEEI.com presents a player-by-player breakdown of the roster. The Celtics have 20 players under contract but will have to cut the roster to 15 by the start of the season.

JAYLEN BROWN

2015-16 season

34 games with University of California: 27.6 minutes, 14.6 points, 43.1% FG, 5.4 rebounds, 0.8 steals

The Pac-12 Freshman of the Year in 2015-16, Brown uses a combination of strength and athletic ability to score. He utilizes his strength to absorb contact near the hoop and has a quick first step that creates space for his jump shot. His speed also comes in handy on the opposite end of the floor, where he’s able keep up with defensive assignments and can guard three positions. 

Projected role in 2016-17

Brown has the athleticism and quickness to become a good NBA defender. As Jae Crowder’s understudy, his primary role will be on defense. He’s not going to score a lot of points and will use his rookie season to become a better offensive player.

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Celtics Player Preview: Gerald Green

09.18.16 at 2:17 pm ET
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With Celtics training camp set to begin on Sept. 26, WEEI.com presents a player-by-player breakdown of the roster. The Celtics have 20 players under contract but will have to cut the roster to 15 by the start of the season.

2015-16 season

69 games with Heat: 22.6 minutes, 8.9 points, 39% FG, 2.4 rebounds, 0.8 assists

Last season Green wasn’t able fill the the kind of role he had prior to joining the Heat and ultimately found himself buried behind Joe Johnson, Luol Deng and rookies Justise Winslow and Josh Richardson on the Heat’s depth chart by the end of the regular season. For two seasons Green was a viable sixth man for the Suns, but his shooting percentages took a dip in Miami and the Heat eventually let him walk over the summer.

Projected role in 2016-17

The Celtics are hoping Green can rekindle the scoring touch he had with the Suns, and it would be a much-needed spark off the Celtics bench. If he’s able to be the 44.5 percent 3-point shooter he was a couple of years ago, he’ll have no problem cracking Brad Stevens’ rotation. If not, he’ll be a third-string forward who will only see the floor when the Celtics are in a dire situation.

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Celtics Player Preview: R.J. Hunter

09.18.16 at 10:11 am ET
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With Celtics training camp set to begin on Sept. 26, WEEI.com presents a player-by-player breakdown of the roster. The Celtics have 20 players under contract but will have to cut the roster to 15 by the start of the season.

2015-16 season

36 games with the Celtics: 8.8 minutes, 2.7 points, 36.7% FG, 0.4 assists, 1.0 rebounds, 0.4 steals

The expectations were a bit higher than the production for R.J. Hunter in his rookie season after he was drafted with the 28th overall pick by the Celtics in the 2015 draft. He spent a stint in the D-League during the middle of the season, which proved to be beneficial, but never found a way to get meaningful minutes at the NBA level. In fairness, he never quite gave Brad Stevens a reason to give him quality minutes. When the 22-year-old was on, however, he showed exactly what president of basketball operations Danny Ainge sees in him. He showed the ability to shoot with some consistency and be a reliable option off the bench for some spot-up shooting, but it was not often that he did that.

Projected role in 2016-17

Should he make the roster, he would be an end-of-the-bench guy who would be relied on for perimeter shooting. His defense is not stellar, but he would be more than serviceable at the two in order to give Avery Bradley rest while still give the C’s the threat of shooting from deep on the floor.

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Celtics Player Preview: Jae Crowder

09.17.16 at 2:21 pm ET
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With Celtics training camp set to begin on Sept. 26, WEEI.com presents a player-by-player breakdown of the roster. The Celtics have 20 players under contract but will have to cut the roster to 15 by the start of the season.

JAE CROWDER

2015-16 season 

73 games with Celtics: 31.6 minutes, 14.2 points, 44.2% FG, 5.1 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.7 steals

After signing a five-year, $35 million deal in the summer of 2015, Crowder proved he was worth every penny. He emerged as one of the better small forwards in the Eastern Conference — a two-way wing-defender who could knock down jump shots on the other end of the floor. Crowder finished the regular season shooting 33 percent from deep, but from inside the arc — his sweet spot — Crowder shot 41.6 percent. He also was a leader in the locker room and a catalyst who helped pushed the Celtics to a 48-34 regular-season record. For his production, Crowder is a bargain. 

Projected role in 2016-17

As the Celtics’ most versatile defender, Crowder will continue to be a defensive anchor in the front court and should get more touches on the offensive end. With Al Horford’s inside presence, Crowder will get more open looks — which should help him improve on his 44.2 percent field goal percentage from last season. But more importantly, he’s proven he can guard some of the league’s best players — All-Stars like LeBron James, Paul George and Jimmy Butler. Crowder’s defensive assignments against some of the best teams in the Eastern Conference will give the Celtics a fighting chance to reach the upper echelon of the conference. He also will continue his leadership role in the locker room and show his understudy — rookie small forward Jaylen Brown — the ropes.

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