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In our panel vote, rookie Kelly Olynyk landed a team-best 40 percent of the vote to start at center, while Kris Humphries was next at 33.3 percent. Brandon Bass, Vitor Faverani, and Jared Sullinger all landed votes as well, but were distant finishers.
Chris Forsberg-Summer Forecast: Center Of Attention
This is the first season since 2010-11, when Boston had Shaq and Perkins, that we have a bevy of big men. The question asked in Chris Forsberg’s latest “Summer Forecast” was “who starts at center.” Should it the be the scrappy and aggressive Jared Sullinger, newly acquired Vitor Faverani, the rook Olynyk or the not so popular Kris Humphries?
You have the “default”, safe choice in Kris Humphries, which could also work in showcasing a guy who the Celtics could be looking to deal before the trade deadline. Our own MrTrpleDouble10 had this to say:
Jay Ouellette, Red’s Army (Kris Humphries): Humphries will be one of the guys getting “showcased” early in the season. He had a down year last year but didn’t play as much. He has a favorable expiring contract to deal to a contender that could use another big, so giving him a month or two of heavy minutes at the 5 will help this cause.
John on the other hand picked Jared Sullinger. We saw Sully at the five last season at times, but his hustle and heart were sometimes outmatched by pure size. However pairing Sully, Olynyk & Rajon on the floor sounds awfully fun. John thinks this is a lineup we could see, with Stevens using newly signed center Vitor Faverani on nights when we play teams with size.
Fab’s gone (and wasn’t good enough anyway) and Humph is too small. I love the idea of Sully and Olynyk together at the same time. I think they’re going to be a lot of fun to watch out there on the same side of the court with Rajon Rondo. Faverani will probably get peppered in against bigger teams like Indiana or Brooklyn. It wouldn’t shock me if he started (I picked him first, but changed my mind), but I just don’t know enough about him right now to say for sure he’ll start more often than not.
My personal thought was that Stevens will start Kelly Olynyk. You’ll get those who will say we shouldn’t get too excited yet, but with his outside touch and ability to run, I love the idea of inserting him into the starting lineup.
KWAPT, Red’s Army (Kelly Olynyk): Olynyk just shows too much promise at this point. He can run the floor, as well as spread it with his range, and Stevens will have him in the starting 5 come Opening Night, if you ask me.
So who do the readers think should start at center this year? Let us know in the comments..
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