September 25, 2022

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At the start of last season, the Boston Celtics had appeared in three of the previous five Eastern Conference Finals. However, they had lost at this point every time and hadn’t reached the final since 2010. They finally broke through last season, knocking out the Brooklyn Nets, Milwaukee Bucks and Miami Heat along the way.

After taking a 2-1 lead over the Golden State Warriors in the Finals, it looked like they could claim a record 18th championship. Instead, their inability to care for the ball caught up with them and they lost the next three games to suffer a heartbreaking loss.

As impressive as the Celtics were at times last season, it was clear during the Finals that they needed to improve their depth. Brad Stevens saw it the same way and solved that problem by signing Danilo Gallinari and trading Malcolm Brogdon shortly after free agency began.

The Celtics now project to be one of the deepest teams in the league, and their rotation is largely set. They also didn’t have a first-round pick this year, which means it won’t be the most interesting or exciting situation in the Summer League. Still, there are players to watch for both the present and the future. Here’s everything you need to know:

Celtics Summer League Schedule

All games on NBA TV, ESPN and ESPN 2 can be streamed live on fuboTV (try for free).

  • Saturday, July 9: Celtics vs. Miami Heat, 5:30 p.m. ET – NBA TV
  • Monday, July 11: Celtics vs. Milwaukee Bucks, 8 p.m. ET – NBA TV
  • Tuesday, July 12: Celtics vs. Golden State Warriors, 8 p.m. ET – ESPN2
  • Thursday, July 14: Celtics vs. Memphis Grizzlies, 3:30 p.m. ET – NBA TV
  • To be determined

Listing

Juhann Begarin

Guard/Forward

19

2021: 45 overall

Jordan Bone

Guardian

24

2019: 57 overall

JD Davison

Guardian

19

2022: 53 overall

Sam Hauser

Forward

24

Not drafted

jericole hellems

Forward

22

Not drafted

Bryton Hobbs

Guardian

30

Not drafted

Mfiondu Kabengele

Center

24

2019: 27 overall

AJ Reeves

Guardian

23

Not drafted

matt ryan

Forward

25

Not drafted

Brodric Thomas

Guardian

25

Not drafted

Trevion Williams

Center

21

Not drafted

Players to watch

  • Sam Hauser: Amid the flurry of moves the Celtics have made this summer, Hauser’s signing to a three-year deal likely went unnoticed by most casual observers. However, he will be the best and most important player of the Summer Celtics. A sniper who has made 43.3% of his nine attempts per game in the G League, the team has high hopes he can become a rotational player this season. Offering him a guaranteed long-term contract (even with a low annual salary) was a sign of their faith.
  • Juhann Begarin: A late second-round pick last year, Begarin was a draft and hideout player who spent last season in his native France. Still just 19, he will likely return overseas, especially given the Celtics’ newfound depth. Still, he’s a player to watch this summer, if only to check on his progress. He’s an exceptional athlete and if his game develops, he could one day give the Celtics some extra depth on the wing.
  • JD Davison: The Celtics traded their first-round pick this year to the San Antonio Spurs in the Derrick White trade, and ended up with just one second-round pick in the draft. They used it to get Davison out of Alabama. The 19-year-old is pretty raw, but he’s another terrific athlete who repeatedly stressed in a recent interview that he wants to be “a dog” on the pitch. It will be a long-term project, but it will be fun to see what it can do in its early stages.
  • Trevion Williams/Mfiondu Kabengele: We’re going to group these two together because they’re both big men who will be fighting for a chance to earn one of the final spots on the Celtics’ roster. After trading Daniel Theis to the Indiana Pacers in the Malcolm Brogdon trade, the Celtics need more depth in the frontcourt and the only real big player behind Robert Williams III and Al Horford is Luke Kornet. The most likely outcome is that they sign a veteran at some point, but Williams and Kabengele have a real opportunity here.