The NBA Might Be Adding Teams, What Players Do You Want The Celtics To Protect From An Expansion Draft?

Eddie

Reports suggest the NBA will be adding two expansion teams and a great question was asked. What players would you protect from the incoming expansion draft?

I’m a Celtics fan so I had to do this for them but click here to see the one I wrote for the Sixers.

So, I am the GM of the Celtics and I can only protect 8 of the 17 players listed as being on their roster (by NBA.com) as of 1/6/2021. Now just because you don’t protect a player doesn’t mean they will be taken by one of the new expansion teams but the protected players are guaranteed to stay on your team. In no particular order.

  • Jayson Tatum, obviously
  • Jaylen Brown, no shit
  • Marcus Smart, one of the best defensive players in the league and has made an effort to work on shot selection this year, he’s shooting 41% from three on 5 shots a game
  • Kemba Walker, age/contract/injury are all concerns but to win a title Kemba will play a big role
  • Payton Pritchard, Brad loves this kid and he’s earned playing time
  • Robert Williams, I won’t give up on Timelord and bright should you. He doesn’t have flashy numbers but he’s played well this year and is only 23
  • Aaron Nesmith, there’s a few guys I could’ve picked here but I believe in this kid and in an expansion draft I think brand new lottery picks will be highly prioritized. I don’t know why he’s barely getting playing time but I want to see what he’s got
  • Last pick I’m torn between Jeff Teague, Daniel Theis and Tristan Thompson. I’m going to pick Tristan Thompson but there’s strategy behind it. If Teague gets picked from us I saved 3 PGs already plus Tatum and Brown can handle the ball. If I was doing this in real life and not for a blog I’d save Theis to be loyal but I think Thompson is the more valuable and sought after player. The stats also slightly favor Tristan

There’s my eight. There’s guys I like and would want to keep I didn’t get to save but just because you don’t protect them doesn’t mean they’re going to be taken from you.

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