Al Horford and Jayson Tatum

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This NBA top-100 list includes an astounding 8 Celtics, most of any team

John Tomase
October 16, 2018 - 4:26 pm

The Washington Post just released its list of top 100 NBA players, and no team was better represented than the Boston Celtics.

In a testament to the 1-through-12 depth that should be their hallmark this season, the Celtics placed a staggering eight players on the list, two more each than the two-time defending champion Warriors and Western Conference finalist Rockets.

Al Horford (No. 19) led the way, followed by Kyrie Irving (24). Jayson Tatum jumped to 35 and Jaylen Brown to 41, just ahead of former top-25 player Gordon Hayward (43), who understandably dropped in the wake of last year's broken ankle.

The bench is also well-represented to a surprising degree as well, however. Marcus Smart ranked 62nd, followed by Terry Rozier (78) and the surprise inclusion on the list, forward Marcus Morris, who checked in at 98th, one spot behind twin Markieff.

While the Warriors are more top-heavy – Kevin Durant (2) and Steph Curry (5) each ranked in the top five, followed closely by Draymond Green (14) and Klay Thompson (17), the Celtics might boast not only the deepest roster in the league, but the coach, Brad Stevens, best equipped to utilize it.

Just more food for thought as the Celtics prepare to open their season on Tuesday night at home against the Sixers, who placed five players on the list – center Joel Embiid (7th), point forward Ben Simmons (16th), forward Dario Saric (59th), shooting guard J.J. Redick (72nd), and swingman Robert Covington (77th).