Celtics’ 2022 Summer League roster leaks, with one key player TBD
June 22nd, 2022
Boston Celtics Assistant General Manager Austin Ainge told Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe several players that will play on the Celtics’ Summer League team in 2022.
Boston had no first round selection in 2021 and doesn’t pick until No. 53 in the 2022 NBA Draft, which takes place Thursday night. The Celtics don’t quite have a must-watch up-and-comer this summer, unless you count a certain first-round pick who may or may not play.
Here’s what we know about the players that are on the team:
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – AUGUST 10: Aaron Nesmith #26 of the Boston Celtics guards Bol Bol #10 of the Denver Nuggets during the 2021 NBA Summer League at the Thomas & Mack Center on August 10, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Celtics defeated the Nuggets 107-82. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
The Celtics haven’t officially determined whether the 22-year-old wing will participate in Summer League yet, per Himmelsbach. Nesmith was the 14th pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, but hasn’t had much opportunity to get on the floor in the NBA as of yet.
Nesmith led last year’s Celtics Summer League team in both points (17.4) and rebounds (6.2) per game.
PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA – FEBRUARY 15: Paul Millsap #8 of the Philadelphia 76ers shoots against Sam Hauser #30 of the Boston Celtics during the fourth quarter at Wells Fargo Center on February 15, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)
The undrafted rookie didn’t play much for the Celtics this year. The 6-foot-7 wing had 10 points, five rebounds and a block in 21 minutes of an overtime loss to the Toronto Raptors in March. He’ll likely serve as one of, if not the primary scorer for Boston this summer.
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – AUGUST 10: Juhann Begarin #29 of the Boston Celtics passes against Eugene German #8 of the Denver Nuggets during the 2021 NBA Summer League at the Thomas & Mack Center on August 10, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Celtics defeated the Nuggets 107-82. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Begarin is the most recent Celtics draftee, selected with the 45th pick of the 2021 draft. The 6-5 shooting guard from France averaged 24 minutes in five games last summer. In those five games he scored 6.3 points with 3.4 rebounds and three assists.
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – AUGUST 10: Yam Madar #28 of the Boston Celtics saves the ball from going backcourt during a game against of the Denver Nuggets during the 2021 NBA Summer League at the Thomas & Mack Center on August 10, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Madar was the Celtics 2020 second round pick, but has spent the past two seasons overseas. The 6-foot-3 point guard appeared in three games during the 2021 Summer League. In that span he averaged 4.7 points and 15 minutes of game action.
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 19: Juwan Morgan #13 of the Maine Celtics dunks against the Motor City Cruise during the NBA G League Winter Showcase at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center on December 19, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Joe Buglewicz/Getty Images)
Morgan also has three years in the league with just as many teams. The 6-foot-7 wing averaged 12 points, five rebounds and three assists with the Celtics G-League team this season.
PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA – FEBRUARY 15: Charlie Brown Jr. #16 of the Philadelphia 76ers shoots against Brodric Thomas #97 of the Boston Celtics during the fourth quarter at Wells Fargo Center on February 15, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)
Thomas averaged 14 points in the G-League this season, but like many people on this list didn’t play much for the Celtics. The Truman State native also averaged 1.5 steals and 0.8 blocks this season in Maine.
CANTON, MA – SEPTEMBER 25: A detail of the General Electric logo on the jersey of the Boston Celtics’ during Celtics Media Day at High Output Studios on September 25, 2017 in Canton, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
Not to be mistaken for the now Colts quarterback, Ryan saw no time in the NBA this season. Yet another 6-foot-7 wing for the Celtics Summer League team, he averaged 20 points on 44 percent shooting from three in the G-League this year.
Boston begins Summer League on Saturday, July 9 against the Miami Heat. They will also face the Milwaukee Bucks, Golden State Warriors and Memphis Grizzlies.