Celtics Rookie Sends Strong Message Ahead of Summer League Debut


JD Davison, Boston Celtics

The Boston Celtics are scheduled to open their Summer League season on July 9 against the Miami Heat as they try to take a closer look at some of their developing talents.

JD Davison, Boston’s newest draftee, will participate throughout the four-game slate and subsequent tournament in hopes of impressing the coaching staff and earning an opportunity to be included in the Celtics roster next season.

Speaking to the media on July 5, the Alabama native was upbeat when asked what he brings to the table and what role he envisions himself.

JD Davison: “I’ll be a dog on both ends of the parquet floor” | Summer League TrainingBRIGHTON, MA — Newly drafted guard JD Davison spoke to the media for the first time since the Boston Celtics drafted him with the 53rd pick in the 2022 NBA draft. Davison spoke about the moment he was drafted, played for Boston and what he brings to the field. —————————————– – #celtics #NBA #CelticsCLNS The…2022-07-05T18:15:25Z

“Get out there, be me, lead my team to four wins and then on to the tournament… You really have to defend in Boston, they’re the best defense in the league. So you have to come in here and be a dog and I think I can help them improve on that and just be a dog on defense… I can pass, I can score, I can defend. So it really doesn’t matter where I am, on the ball, off the ball, I’ll just be a dog on both ends of the court,” Davison said during his first July 5 press conference.

Davison comes to the NBA with a reputation for being an athletic guard who’s a tough fullback, although most of his talent is still incredibly raw so it will be some time before he carves out a spot on the NBA rotation the Celtics deserve.

Celtics announce full Summer League roster

In general, a team’s Summer League roster consists of young roleplayers, draft and stash talent, recently drafted players, and a few undrafted prospects or free agents. Everyone on a Summer League squad is fighting for a chance once the regular season begins and for the Celtics they have a wealth of talent to evaluate.

On July 5th, the Celtics released their full roster via a press releaseand this is what it looks like.

  • guards: Juhann Begarin, Jordan Bone, JD Davison, Bryton Hobbs, AJ Reeves, Broric Thomas
  • Forward: Sam Hauser, Jericole Hellems, Mifondu Kabengele, Matt Ryan
  • centers: Trevion Williams

It’s worth noting that Begarin can also play the forward position and Kabengele is also considered a capable center, so it’s likely we’ll see them split their time between both positions.

Sam Hauser expects to dominate

Speaking to the media on July 5, Celtics Summer League head coach Ben Sullivan noted how excited he was at the growth in Sam Hauser’s game as the sniper is a sophomore after signing a new contract with the team seems to impress.

Ben Sullivan: Celtics excited about what Sam Hauser can achieve in the Summer League | media availabilityBRIGHTON, MA — Celtics Summer League coach and assistant Ben Sullivan spoke to the media as the Celtics prepare for the Las Vegas Summer League. —————————————– – #celtics #NBA #CelticsCLNS The CLNS Media Network is the leading provider of video/audio content. CLNS is a fully qualified media member with access to all NFL/NBA/NHL/MLB…2022-07-05T18:21:08Z

“Sam has put a lot of work into it throughout the year. And the Summer League is great because there aren’t a lot of opportunities to play five-a-side and have referees, scoreboards, fans and that kind of experience and replays. We look forward to seeing him like we do with the other guys to go out there and see what they can do… He’s a good shot, he’s a good person, he’s a hard worker, he’s a pro , he shows up Every day he puts in the work, puts in the time. He brings a lot of things to the table, has some good moves, Sam can do a lot of things besides just shoot,” Sullivan said.

Hauser played in 26 regular-season games for the Celtics last season and averaged 2.5 points, 1.1 rebounds and 0.4 assists per night while shooting 43.2% from perimeter. With Aaron Nesmith off the roster after being traded to the Indiana Pacers as part of the Malcolm Brogdon trade, Hauser has an opportunity to cement himself as a sniper off the Celtics bench into next season.

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