The core four: Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Kemba Walker, Marcus Smart
The role players: Robert Williams, Tristan Thompson, Evan Fournier, Payton Pritchard
Brad Stevens directs his entire playing style around the core four. In his ten starts from March 26th to April 13th, Timelord played 25.2 minutes a night, shooting an absurd 69.2% from the field with averages of 10.1 points, 9.1 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.0 blocks. Playoff basketball is very different than regular season minutes, especially if the Celtics draw a team with a strong post player like Joel Embiid in the first round. He’s only played seven games with the core-four, posting a -1.1 net rating in those 58 minutes.