Starting-caliber players like Brown, Gordon Hayward and Terry Rozier played off the bench that season. “We feel comfortable with 10-12 of our guys. It’s just a matter of game-by-game, scheme and coverage and who we’re guarding and who we’re playing … it’s hard to play 12 guys, obviously, every night. Nine to ten is a more manageable number and so that’s where the competition lies and how they’ll play in the games, and what we’re seeing in practice.”
Boston benefits from willing participants. Stevens typically found ways to keep players involved during his coaching tenure, reaching down to Tremont Waters as a two-way player for several spot starts last season.
“One of the best things we got is the versatility, we got a lot of players that can play different positions. All the positions here are interchanged,” Hernangómez said at shootaround Monday.