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Meet the 2013-14 Celtics

Jeff Green and the Celtics will be juggling many challenges in the first season without Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett.

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Jeff Green and the Celtics will be juggling many challenges in the first season without Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett.

The Globe introduces you to the new-look Celtics roster for the 2013-14 season:

Brandon Bass, F: Must replace Kevin Garnett as the defensive anchor down low. Soft-spoken, unlike Garnett, but is trying to be a more vocal leader. Solid face-up jumper, rebounder, can guard multiple positions, including LeBron James.

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Keith Bogans, G-F: A “3 & D” role player with a decade of experience who won’t be asked to do too much beyond hitting some outside shots and playing solid defense.

Avery Bradley, G: Will play point guard while Rajon Rondo is out — and hopefully better than he did in last season’s playoffs. Elite defender will guard more off the ball versus hounding opposing point guards. A slasher, but he has worked on his shot.

MarShon Brooks, G-F: Ex-Providence College standout returns to New England. Can score in bunches, but will he find minutes/shots among a crowded group of shooting guards? He’s trying to regain his rookie-season form, when he averaged 12.6 ppg.

Jordan Crawford, G: Will share point guard duties with Bradley in Rondo’s absence. Underrated passer. Can be an erratic shooter, but can also knock down tough shots. Has a herky-jerky playground game that throws defenders off.

Vitor Faverani, C: Only center on the roster. Very raw, but he has proven himself capable during preseason, including when he blocked six shots against the Brooklyn Nets. An instigator in the paint. Can also shoot 3-pointers.

Jeff Green, F: Most dynamic scorer on the roster has size, athleticism, and talent to be elite, but has never been consistent. No Garnett and Pierce means Green can’t disappear in games if Celtics are to stand a chance. Must score from inside out.

Kris Humphries, F: In final year of his contract, so expect him to make the most of this season. Physical, solid, with decent post moves. Aggressive rebounder. Will earn more playing time than fans might think.

Courtney Lee, G: Looks to rebound from a poor season, when he lost his job as a starter. Like Bogans, a “3 & D” player who must be able to knock down 3-pointers to stretch lane-clogging defenses. Stuck in a logjam at the shooting guard position.

Kelly Olynyk, F: Potential Rookie of the Year candidate was the talk of Summer League, when he averaged 18 ppg and 7.8 rpg. A 7-footer who can stretch the floor with outside shot. First-round pick with a high basketball IQ. Will play more on perimeter than inside.

Phil Pressey, G: Undrafted Missouri product is only healthy point guard on roster while Rondo is sidelined. At times, Celtics looked their best in preseason with him on the court. Impressive court vision, but lack of height could be an issue on defense.

Rajon Rondo, G: Best player on the roster is recovering from knee surgery and might not return until December. Danny Ainge says Rondo is a centerpiece that they want to build around, but Celtics could move him if the appropriate offer comes along.

Jared Sullinger, F: Played 45 games during rookie season before having back surgery. Undersized but very skilled post player. Best rebounder on the team. Still needs to lose weight and improve conditioning, but is an impact player.

Gerald Wallace, F: The 31-year-old sets the tone with his sky-high intensity. Swingman can slash, shoot from outside, guard multiple positions. His body has taken a beating during his 12-year career, so nagging injuries are a concern.

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