And returning from knee surgery. Like Walker, I think the C's should take it slow with Theis. Thompson should start.
I think Thompson is the starting center, when he is ready. I think that is pretty easy.
Theis is a better defender and a better finisher.
Not all knee surgeries are equal. This was a minor one to ďremove a lose bodyĒ, and thereís been a full recovery.
I havenít heard anything from the team about an impact on his playing time.
Good points about his post-surgery, though his knees are vulnerable. I would not bet on a long career.
I agree that heís a better finisher and defender, too.
Theis is a mediocre rebounder. Thompson is better, especially on the offensive board, but heís a long way from elite.
Theisí big strength on offense is heís an outstanding roll man. He became much more valuable to the Celtics last year when they revamped the offense to take advantage of Kemba WalkerĎs pick and roll skills, but Daniel had great chemistry in the two-man game with Tatum as well. Heís just brilliant at running interference for a ballhandler.
Theis played pretty much exclusively center last year, and thatís likely where heís going to stay. He has good length and anticipation, but he doesnít have the mobility to guard most 4ís out on the floor, and on the other hand, he is an excellent rim protector and good pnr defender, so youíre not likely to see him on the floor with Thompson a lot.
I didnít notice anyone mention Grant Williams in this thread, but he got a fair amount of his minutes Ė including fourth-quarter minutes - at center, due to his switchability.