December has officially arrived, meaning we will be watching regular-season NBA basketball outside of Orlando for the first time since March. With free agency winding down, teams are beginning to look ahead towards the upcoming season. After losing Gordon Hayward in free agency, the Boston Celtics will now most likely be without guard Kemba Walker for the first few weeks of the season.
SportsCastr News NBA’s Adam Armbrecht and Matt Brooks discussed how Kemba’s knee injury will impact the Celtics. As we saw in the bubble, the Boston Celtics have a plethora of young talent on their roster. Despite Kemba’s talent level, there were plenty of games where Jayson Tatum, Marcus Smart, and Jaylen Brown handled the scoring load.
Because of Kemba’s absence, the Celtics will look towards two very different guards to handle the ball-handling at the outset of the season. On their SportsCastr stream, Adam and Matt believed that Jeff Teague would take over as the starter. Another potential option is rookie Payton Pritchard from the University of Oregon. The reigning Pac-12 Player of the Year is a fiery guard who will provide valuable scoring off the bench for Boston.
Elsewhere on the SportsCastr stream, the guys analyzed the future plans of the Detroit Pistons. After losing Christian Wood in free agency, the team added a plethora of big men, including Jahlil Okafor, Jerami Grant, and Mason Plumlee. With their first-round lottery pick, the Pistons selected dynamic guard Killian Hayes, who they hope will develop into a true ball-dominant star for the team.
There are many question marks surrounding the upcoming NBA season. We have seen the issues with a season outside of a bubble in the NCAA, NFL, and MLB. While the MLB seemed to control their cases by the end of the year, the NFL is reaching a precarious point in regards to game and practice cancellations. Only time will tell if the NBA’s next experiment will be a success.Tags: Boston Celtics, Celtics, Gordon Hayward, Jahlil Okafor, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Jeff Teague, Jerami Grant, Kemba, Kemba Walker, Killian hayes, Marcus Smart, Mason Plumlee, MLB, NBA, NCAA, NFL, Payton Pritchard, Plumlee, SCN, SCN NBA, Smart, SportsCastr, SportsCastr News, Tatum Last modified: December 1, 2020