The Boston Celtics have focused this offseason on adding depth to their already championship poised team. In doing so, the possibility is extremely high that Brad Stevens will elect to keep Juhann Begarin in some capacity next season.
At 19 years old, Begarin was drafted 45th overall in the 2021 NBA Draft by the Celtics- out of his home country of France. Boston elected to send him back to France when their Summer League ended so he could work on sharpening his tools, essentially.
Begarin is extremely athletic and has the build of a forward in the NBA- 6’5”, 215 lbs. Last season for Paris, Begarin averaged 11.7 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 2.9 assists per game.
He shot 43.2 percent from the field but only 30.9 percent from 3-point land and 50.6 percent from the free throw line. Begarin is still a bit raw, however, that’s nothing adequate time in between Boston and Maine won’t fix.
Begarin will be one of the most interesting players to keep an eye on during Boston’s Summer League in Vegas for a handful of reasons. But none more so important than the invested interest Brad Stevens has in this kid.
Look at it like this: the Celtics drafted Begarin in the same year they took Sam Hauser undrafted.
It’s fair to say that at the time, perhaps Begarin seemed to be more valuable to Boston than Hauser. If that’s to be true, then the Celtics NEED to see what they have in Begarin and develop him closer to home.
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