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Semi Ojeleye is a great piece for any team to have in its rotation. He’s a strong and versatile defender who is
willing to accept any role. That’s a rare combo.
Ojeleye, who is entering his third season, has been called on at times to step into the lineup and serve as
the team’s primary defender against the likes of league MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and others. He has
performed well in such a role, and there’s no reason to expect anything different this season.
The one area where Boston needs Ojeleye to improve is with his 3-point shooting. He made 32.0 percent of
his 3s as a rookie and 31.5 percent of his 3s as a second-year player. Eclipsing 35.0 percent this season would be
a welcomed improvement.
There may be no bigger question mark on Boston’s roster than No. 14 overall pick Romeo Langford. He is
an unknown quantity to the team’s fan base because an injury prevented him from playing in Summer League.
That injury has since healed, and word out of the Auerbach Center is that Langford has been very impressive
throughout the remainder of his summer workouts. That’s no surprise, considering that he was the No. 5
recruit in the nation coming out of high school – behind only R.J. Barrett, Zion Williamson, Cam Reddish
and Bol Bol.
Langford played the majority of his one and only season at Indiana with a torn ligament in his shooting
thumb, yet he still averaged 16.5 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game. At 6-foot-6, with a wingspan
that nearly reaches 7 feet, and with a high level of skill to boot, Langford has all of the tools to make a surprise
impact this season.
Javonte Green was a name that most Celtics fans probably didn’t recognize prior to Summer League, but that
changed once the 6-foot-5 wing began punishing the rims in Las Vegas.
Green, who averaged 10.8 points on 50.0 percent shooting, 4.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.8 steals per game
during the summer session, was an electric force on both sides of the ball for Boston, as he unleashed mighty
dunks on the offensive end, while also hampering opposing scorers on the defensive end.
Green’s strong play carried straight through training camp and into preseason. He was the star of Boston’s
first fall exhibition, as he scored 15 points on 7-of-7 shooting during the fourth quarter of a 107-106 win over
The 26-year-old joins the Celtics with a few seasons of professional experience already under his belt. After
starring at Radford University from 2011 to 2015, Green journeyed overseas and played four seasons across
three different leagues. He secured LEB Oro league MVP honors during his first pro season, after averaging 18.0
WING PPG, 6.8 RPG and 2.2 SPG for Marin Peixegalego.
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