It wasn’t precisely Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Jimmy Butler, and Bam Adebayo, however in a Summer time League rematch of the Japanese Convention Finals, the Celtics gave up (some other) fourth quarter run to the Warmth and misplaced 99-88 in Boston’s first motion of the 2023 Vegas Summer time League.
Recreation 9 to be decided at a later date.
All eyes have been on Boston’s ultimate two consecutive 2nd spherical selections, J.D. Davison and this yr’s thirty eighth pick out, Jordan Walsh.
J.D. Davison led the Summer time League in assists ultimate July and averaged 13.2 issues, 4.5 rebounds, and seven.7 assists in 26 video games in Maine. Carrying a larger body this yr, Davison appeared to once more command the Celtics in Sin Town and optimistically, safe a roster spot with the large membership for subsequent fall after spending ultimate season on a two-way contract.
Davison racked up 5 turnovers, however completed with 14 issues and 11 assists with a powerful run down the stretch. Miami’s competitive protection regularly doubled and trapped him above the damage, seeking to save you him from the usage of his pace as a weapon. He hit simply 5 of his 14 pictures, however stayed efficient penetrating the center of the ground and getting out in transition.
Walsh hit his first 4 threes of the sport and completed with a team-high 18 issues. After signing a four-year, $7.6 million contract this week, he’s set to be a imaginable 3&D possibility off the bench for head trainer Joe Mazzulla at most effective 19-years-old.
“When he got here for his 2nd draft exercise, we did 100 spot 3’s, he used to be within the 50’s in Would possibly and 74 in overdue June,” Brad Stevens mentioned. “In order that displays you there’s paintings being installed. It displays you he’s were given the contact to be a excellent shooter.”
His protection used to be as marketed — an extended, athletic perimeter disruptor with an lively motor. He had 5 fouls to head at the side of two steals and a block.
“For me at this level, it’s about enjoying my function to the most efficient talent I will be able to. I do know that my objective is play with the fellows at the sideline like Jayson Tatum. I gotta make open pictures and do the grimy paintings and that’s what I’m making ready for,” Walsh informed NBATV’s Chris Haynes.
Justin Champagnie, who’s enjoying on a non-guaranteed contract after being added to the roster in April, struggled in his thirty mins, making simply 3-of-13 from the sphere and completed a -19 as a SL starter.
Jay Scrubb, who averaged 22.3 issues consistent with recreation for Orlando’s G-League workforce, had 17 issues. Justin Bean chipped in 13 and Olek Balcerowski had 8 and 5 within the loss.
After all, take the entirety with a grain of salt. That is one recreation — the primary recreation — on a Saturday afternoon of Summer time League. First spherical draft selections are seeking to display out. Others are preventing for end-of-the-bench spots and two-way contracts. Pageant and workforce play may also be skewed to these particular person motivations.
On the other hand, we did get our first take a look at what might be a part of the close to and long-term long term of the Celtics. With departures of Marcus Good, Grant Williams, and to a lesser extent, Danilo Gallinari, Boston is in search of gamers to fill out their common season rotation with transparent wishes on the wing and guard positions.