After coming to an agreement with Gordon Hayward, the Boston Celtics are presently loaded with wings with Hayward, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Jae Crowder, Avery Bradley and Marcus Smart.
“I don’t have the five positions anymore,” Brad Stevens said. “It may be as simple as three positions now, where you’re either a ball-handler, a wing or a big.
“It’s really important. We’ve become more versatile as the years have gone on.”
Boston likes the versatility of Tatum.
“Tatum will play wherever,” Stevens said. “He can handle the ball. He can move it. ... He’s at least a wing because he can really handle the ball, too. And he can shoot it and do all those things. He’s a very versatile player.”
The Miami Heat were the first team to have real success playing positionless basketball, while the Golden State Warriors have created their version.
“You know us,” Erik Spoelstra said. “We don’t care about positions. We don’t care about conventional boxes where players fit in. We may play, who knows, five guys over 6-foot-9 next year in certain segments of a game without a point guard and make teams adjust to us. You have to have guys that have ability, have skill sets and we’re looking forward to learning more about Bam’s game.”