Two Celtics Preseason Standouts Expected to Make….

Oct 8, 2023; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) shoots against the Philadelphia 76ers during the first half at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Eric Canha-USA TODAY Sports

With opening night merely days away, the Boston Celtics must decide who will be on the roster when they take on the New York Knicks on opening night. They’ve already made some cuts, like when they announced via their X account that they have released Wenyen Gabriel and DJ Steward. Other players, like Svi Mykhailiuk and Dalano Banton, are a different story.

The Celtics signed both Mykhailiuk and Banton to partially guaranteed contracts, meaning their spots weren’t secure. However, MassLive’s Brian Robb revealed that those two are expected to be on their roster on October 25.

“Several other players with partial guarantees have acquitted themselves well this month with Svi Mykhailiuk and Dalano Banton expected to make the final 15-man roster per league sources,” Robb wrote in an October 20 story.

Both Mykhailiuk and Banton had their standout performances for the Celtics in their own unique ways during their preseason. Both of them shined when the Celtics took on the Knicks on October 9.

Mykhailiuk stood out yet again in their following preseason game against the Philadelphia 76ers on October 11.

For the time being, it appears their roster spots are safe, but that could change as the season progresses. The Celtics could potentially waive one or both of them and/or trade them for a roster upgrade.

Lamar Stevens Appears to Have Made Celtics Roster

Lamar Stevens signed an Exhibit 9 deal when he joined the Celtics. That meant the Celtics could cut him once preseason ended, but he appears to have made the team. On October 21, Spotrac’s Keith Smith revealed via his X account that Stevens was among the players signed to Exhibit 9 or 10 deals who weren’t cut from their teams.

This would indicate that Stevens has made the Celtics opening night roster. Much like Mykhailiuk and Banton, this does not necessarily mean he will be with the Celtics for the entire season. However, Stevens looked impressive during his limited time in the preseason. Stevens showed his energy, defense, and some offensive finesse when he took the floor.

Stevens will have plenty of competition for minutes at the wing on the Celtics. He’ll compete with Mykhailiuk, Banton, Sam Hauser, and Oshae Brissett for playing time there. However, Stevens has some experience playing center, having played at that position – albeit a very small amount – during his time with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Celtics could use more depth in the big department, so if they can morph Stevens into a small-ball center, that could be a huge help for them.

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