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Celtics Player Preview: Marcus Smart 09.22.16 at 9:03 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.

MARCUS SMART

2015-16 season

61 games with Celtics: 27.3 minutes, 9.1 points, 34.8% FG, 3.0 assists, 4.2 rebounds, 1.5 steals

Smart found his role last season, establishing himself as a top defensive force on the Celtics with routine shutdown defense. When Avery Bradley went down in the postseason, Smart made a near-seamless transition into the role of a defense-oriented guard. Offensively, however, he was lacking, as noted by his abysmal sub-35 percent field goal percentage. He did show some potency at times, however, scoring 20-plus points on three occasions. Between Nov. 22 and Dec. 26, he missed 18 games with an injury to his lower left leg.

Projected role in 2016-17

Presumably, his role will be somewhat similar to last year, serving as a second option at the two after Avery Bradley. However, should his scoring continue to improve, he may find himself in a position to start more than just the 10 times he did last season. His defense will never be an issue, which makes him a reliable late- and close-game asset, but to get more minutes this season the scoring will need to improve.

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Celtics Player Preview: Al Horford 09.21.16 at 8:58 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.

AL HORFORD

2015-16 season 

82 games with Hawks: 32.1 minutes, 15.2 points, 50.5% FG, 7.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.5 blocks

Horford was selected to his fourth All-Star team and continues to be one of the league’s most productive big men. After finishing the 2014-15 season atop of the Eastern Conference with a 60-22 record, the Hawks had somewhat of a disappointing season last year, but Horford was one of their bright spots. For the past two years, his production in points, rebounding and assists are identical and he has improved his average in blocks from 1.3 to 1.5.

Projected role in 2016-17

Horford will be one of the most important players in the front court for the Celtics. He gives the C’s another 15-plus-point scorer and the fact that shoots at a 50 percent clip from the field gives the Celtics a very consistent scorer. Alongside Jae Crowder and Amir Johnson, Horford strengthens the defense down low and he’ll be able to slide back to the power forward position instead of playing center, where he can be much more effective in defending undersized forwards. His mid-range shot — that can extend out to the 3-point arc — will spread the floor on offense, forcing opposing teams to run out to defend him and making room for guys like Isaiah Thomas and Jae Crowder to take the ball to the rim.

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Celtics Player Preview: Terry Rozier 09.21.16 at 11:07 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.

TERRY ROZIER

2015-16 season

39 games with Celtics: 8.0 minutes, 1.8 points, 27.4% FG, 0.9 assists, 1.6 rebounds, 0.2 steals

There’s multiple ways to dress up the 16th overall pick’s rookie campaign, but in short, it was not good. Like the rest of the Celtics rookies last season, Rozier didn’t make much of an impact on the court, seeing largely limited minutes during his time in the NBA. He had a 14-game stint in the D-League, averaging a solid 19.4 points with 7.8 assists and 1.9 steals. He played 19.8 minutes each game in the postseason, shooting just shy of 40 percent from the field and averaging just 4.8 points.

Projected role in 2016-17

It’s fair to believe Rozier will be nothing more than a deep bench player who will occasionally make it into the rotation and earn meaningful minutes when he produces in opportunities granted early in the season. That’s important to note, because a downfall of the 22-year-old last season was his inability to perform when given the chance. Should that continue into this season, it may not take the point guard long to end up in purgatory.

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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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