The Celtics will play in the Utah and Las Vegas Summer Leagues. Here’s what you need to know:
Orlando Summer League: July 1-5, 6th “Championship Day”
Utah Summer League: July 3, 5-6
Las Vegas Summer League: July 7-11, playoffs July 12-17
Orlando Summer League: Amway Center practice court
Utah Summer League: Jon M. Huntsman Center
Las Vegas Summer League: Thomas & Mack Center, Cox Pavilion
How to Watch:
All games will be broadcasted live on NBATV or on the ESPN networks. The Utah and Las Vegas Summer Leagues are open to the public, while the Orlando league will not be.
And now for the team’s preview:
All expected players as of June 30th
The Celtics will participate in the Utah and Las Vegas Summer Leagues.
Players expected to compete: Landen Lucas, Scoochie Smith, Ante Zizic, Jayson Tatum, Kadeem Allen, Jabari Bird, Semi Ojeleye, Jaylen Brown, Demetrius Jackson, Abdel Nader, Scott Wood, Trevor Thompson, Terran Petteway, Perrin Buford, Rosco Allen,
This Celtics team is loaded. Boston will feature eight NBA draft picks, including two number three overall picks.
The duo Demetrius Jackson and Abdel Nader played many games together with the Maine Red Claws, making the playoffs with a 29-21, and their chemistry could bring a Vegas title back to Boston. UDFA’s Landen Lucas and Scoochie Smith could make impacts as well, along with draft-and-stash Ante Zizic who will be facing NBA level talent for the first time after playing in the top-rated EuroLeague last year.
Kadeem Allen and Jabari Bird, a pair of second round picks, will have to work hard to make a Boston team loaded with talent.
Allen did not post gaudy numbers at Arizona, but he is a defensive stopper. Bird will try to join his former teammate Jaylen Brown on the roster. The athletic guard has three-point range and great size for a point guard.
Last year’s G-League Three-Point Contest champion Scott Wood will join the Celtics out west. Wood made the Golden State training camp roster last year, but ultimately played for the Santa Cruz Warriors. The forward shot 43 percent from three and averaged 14 points per game.
Player to Watch: Semi Ojeleye
Semi Ojeleye is considered the steal of this year’s draft by many. Ojeleye originally committed to Duke, but he transferred to SMU for more playing time. Ojeleye put up crazy numbers (19 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 42.4 3P%) en route to the AAC Player of the Year award.
Ojeyele has 3-and-D potential, and with a good showing this summer, he can make NBA GM’s look stupid.