NBA Draft Kit: Ingles to the Bench, Herro Making a Splash and Other Preseason Developments
NBA Draft Kit: Ingles to the Bench, Herro Making a Splash and Other Preseason Developments

This article is part of our NBA Draft Kit series.

Nick Whalen takes a look at the depth chart situations to monitor as the preseason nears its close.

Atlanta Hawks: Small Forward

For a team in the midst – if not the latter stages – of a rebuild, the Hawks' depth chart is relatively straightforward. Trae Young, John Collins, and Alex Len are locked in, while Kevin Huerter is the expected starter at shooting guard once he shakes a nagging knee injury.

The small forward spot is a bit more complicated, though rookie De'Andre Hunter appears to have emerged as the top option ahead of Cam Reddish and DeAndre' Bembry. Hunter has started two preseason games thus far, and through three contests overall, he's averaging 9.0 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 0.7 steals and 1.0 made threes (3-12 3PT) in 24.7 minutes per game. As was the case at Virginia, Hunter's defensive intangibles are where his true value lies, so even if he holds onto the starting spot for the duration of the season, he could struggle to be Fantasy-relevant in many leagues.

Boston Celtics: Center

Boston is yet to settle on a starting center, and it's looking increasingly likely that Brad Stevens will never name a permanent starter. On Sunday, Stevens reaffirmed that he's not committed to any one of Robert Williams, Enes Kanter or Daniel Theis as an every-night starter, and he referred to the center spot as a "rotating position."

That's less than ideal, from a Fantasy perspective, but it could be good

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