The Boston Celtics surprised many when supposedly reaching for point guard Terry Rozier with the No. 16 overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, as most projections had him being selected around 10 picks later. His first crack at proving the doubters wrong comes this week, as the Utah Jazz host a four-team, six-game summer league with the Celtics, Jazz, San Antonio Spurs and Philadelphia 76ers.
Later in the first round at No. 28 overall, the Celtics selected R.J. Hunter from Georgia State, who is projected to be one of the top-three shooters in the entire draft. Their second-round picks include LSU big man Jordan Mickey and point guard Marcus Thornton from William & Mary. Along with their four draft selections, C.J. Fair, Jonathan Holmes, Colton Iverson, James Young and Marcus Smart will be on the Celtics summer roster as well.
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On July 6, Boston plays Utah in the second game of the day after Philadelphia faces the Spurs. The following day, Boston takes on the 76ers before getting a day off. Teams return to action on July 9, when Boston battles San Antonio and Philadelphia opposes Utah. General admission tickets can be found for as low as $5 through the summer league website.
Fans looking to invest in season tickets for the Boston Celtics may want to tune into some of the action to see if the Celtics can make the leap. Boston has gathered a slew of quality players, including trading for Isaiah Thomas last season and locking up Jae Crowder during free agency, but don’t appear to have a superstar on their team. Smart and Young need to become more consistent scorers, while their draft picks have to prove they belong in the NBA.
If there is any coach in the league that can get the most out its roster without a superstar it is Stevens, who at least has another three youthful, athletic players to mix and match with.