The Boston Celtics have been busy this offseason revamping their roster with the intentions of landing back in the NBA Finals this season. But the Celtics are also planning for the future as well. Let’s take a look at the Summer League roster as we currently know it to be.
Brad Stevens has been extremely active this offseason. He acknowledges what he finds to be problematic and works hard to fix it. In this case, it’s secondary scoring and the ability to create second chance opportunities- as we saw really hurt them in the playoffs last season.
So let’s start with the first task of the offseason: The NBA Draft.
The Celtics didn’t have a first round pick this year because they used it in the trade to acquire Derrick White from the Spurs.
With one second round pick, the Celtics drafted an explosive guard out of Alabama, JD Davison. In his one and only college season, Davidson averaged 8.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 4.3 assists per game in 25.8 minutes per game. He shot an 46.3 percent from the field and only 30.1 percent from 3-point range.
Joining Davidson will be last year’s undrafted player, Sam Hauser, who converted his two-way contract into an NBA deal last season. The Celtics intend to make him a restricted free agent with the hopes of signing him to a longer contract for the future. He shot 43.2 percent from behind the arc in 26 games with Boston last season.
Next, Juhann Begarin, who Boston drafted 45th overall in 2021 and became their draft-and-stash player from France. Begarin averaged 11.4 points per game on 47 percent shooting this past season while playing for Paris.
Matt Ryan signed a two-way contract in February with the Celtics. He played in one game and scored three points in five minutes. He’s a tall 6’7” and has a high release point shooting 3’s. Ryan could be a shooter worth seeing more in Maine this season, but certainly in Summer League.
Brodric Thomas consumes the second two-way contract Boston has to offer. He made the NBA G League All-Rookie Team and All-NBA G League second Team last season. He has a ton of potential that the Celtics are invested in seeing prosper further.
Trevion Williams is by far the most exciting player that I’m looking forward to seeing play in Summer League. Williams was one of the best passing big men in the country last season and is efficient in the paint. He could become a great backup for Rob Williams. Williams went undrafted this year out of Purdue.
AJ Reeves is arguably one of the shooters coming out of the draft. I’m not talking so much stats wise, but more so clutch, big time moments, and when heavily guarded. Reeves can make all of those shots. He’s a local guy, native of Roxbury and spent four years playing in Providence.
Jordan Bone is a guard who last played in Turkey and recently signed to play in the Spanish League. Bone played for Tennessee alongside Grant Williams and earned second-team All SEC in 2019.
Mifiondu Kabengele is a power forward/ center combo who was on the 2021-22 Rio Grande Valley Vipers that just won the G League championship last season. Kabengele has been on a tear in the G League, averaging 18.1 points and 9.2 rebounds per game in two seasons.
The Boston Celtics assembled a great Summer League roster that’s poised to be one of the best teams this summer. Here’s the Celtics Summer League Schedule:
July 9: Heat
July 11: Bucks
July 12: Warriors
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One response to “Boston Celtics: Taking a look at the Summer League Team for 2022”
I was disappointed that Celtics didn’t bring on UDFA Jermaine Samuels from Villanova. Another local MA kid who led his team to the final four as a 6’8 forward. Indiana grabbed him but hope Celtics get another crack at him to bring to Maine.
The Villanova kids often fit the current Celtics offense based on the way Coach Wright had set the offense there as well as his discipline style. I don’t expect much change under the new VU coach.