The Celtics had a successful Summer League run, finishing 4-1, with help from three out of the four players the team took in the 2019 NBA Draft. And Danny Ainge already believes they’ll all contribute next season.
“I think that Grant Williams, I thought played very well this year in the Summer League,” he said. “I think that he can help us in some capacity, same with Carsen (Edwards), and Tremont (Waters) also. Tremont was good.”
Although Romeo Langford couldn’t participate due to his hand injury, the three other rookies proved their capabilities. Edwards led the team with 19.4 points per game, while shooting 48 percent from the field, and averaging 3.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists. Williams was right behind with 13 points shooting 47 percent, while also picking up six rebounds per game. Waters rounded out the team with the third-most points per game at 11.2, while shooting 38 percent and leading the Celtics with both 4.8 assists and two steals on average.
But it wasn’t all about the rookies. Ainge felt that both Robert Williams and Javonte Green had excellent performances during Summer League too.
“I thought Robert Williams played really well in the Summer League, I think that he’ll be able to contribute this year,” Ainge said. “… Javonte Green, I don’t know what’s ahead of his future, but he played really well for us in the Summer League, too, and I mean, he’s proven that he could find a role here in the NBA, too, if that’s what he wants.”
Williams, a second-year center for Boston, led the team with both 9.8 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game, in addition to scoring nine points a game. Green, an undrafted free agent who has played in Europe the last few years, averaged 10.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 2.8 assists.
But the work doesn’t stop with the conclusion of Summer League. Ainge pointed out veterans were training at the Auerbach Center before Summer League began, and they continue to do so now.
“We’ve had more people working out here in our facility this summer than ever before,” he said. “I think a lot of that started when Gordon (Hayward) decided to stay here instead of going out West, and just stay put, and work. We have a lot of coaches around and it just seems like it’s carried over. And we have six or seven guys working out here most every day.”
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Source: GreenStreet Blog