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The lowdown on Celtics bench strength. Join our contest.

 Celtics coach, Joe Mazzulla, has made it clear that fans should not make lineup evaluations based on the preseason. Well, Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown only playing in one-of-the-three exhibition contests would attest to that.


Assuming Mazzulla goes with a Starting Five of Tatum, Brown, Kristaps Porzingis, Al Horford and Derrick White, Jrue Holiday would definitely be the 6th man. After that, Payton Pritchard has logged the most total minutes in preseason play (76.2 minutes), and should get a lot more play this season.

Sam Hauser comes in next at a total of 70.7 minutes, and he could very well be that 3rd-guy-off-the-bench. There is a significant minutes-drop after that - with Delano Banton (59.9 minutes), Oshae Bissett ((57.1), Lamar Stevens ((48.3), Luke Kornet (47.2) and Svi Mykhailiuk ((44.5) trailing Pritchard and Hauser.

Take a look at our article from yesterday - and our "3rd-guy-off-the-bench" contest. The initial response has been slow, most likely due to responders not wishing to make a guess one week prior to opening night. Understood, so please follow me!

Responders can submit their guess for the 8th man and his minutes in the opener versus the Knicks on October 25, and they can change it if their guy gets waived or they simply change their minds. The initial guess will be nullified in favor of the more-recent submission. We simply want some feed back on what the Celtics bench will look like.

However you submit your choice, please leave something to identify yourself. Not a problem on Twitter or Facebook, but "anonymous" in the comment section of our articles is not sufficient, particularly if you win. Also, give your minutes-estimate to three digits (Ex: 23.5 minutes).

Join in! Could be a fantastic season.

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