The Boston Celtics’ off-season has been smooth sailing so far. They took some important steps to repeat themselves as Eastern Conference champions next season. Boston signed Danilo Gallinari to a two-year deal and also added combo guard Malcolm Brogdon via the trade.
But before they can get into next season, they have to play their way through the Summer League. While the Celtics are competitive and likely don’t have much room for developmental talent, they do have a few open roster spots. Testing different guys during Summer League could be a method to fill those spots.
Boston only announced their full roster for the Summer League, and one of the players they brought on board has a strong connection to the team. They brought guard Bryton Hobbs who happen to be cousins with Jayson Tatum.
Hobbs, a 6’0 guard, attended Northeastern State for his final two years of college eligibility from 2012-2014. He has since spent his career playing overseas. Most notably, he played in the Lithuanian basketball league in the 2017/18 season.
At 30, Hobbs might not stand a serious chance of making the Celtics roster, but if he impresses in the Summer League there’s always a chance he’ll land a G League contract. His connection to Tatum could help him with that, and the two are obviously quite close.
The relationship between Tatum and Hobbs
Though they haven’t been seen together publicly in a while, Tatum and Hobbs are close enough to the point that Tatum posted it on his Instagram. Back in 2019, Tatum posted a photo for Hobbs’ birthday celebrating his cousin.
“HOBBS DAY! More life for my big cousin @i.amhov7 love ya dawg!” Tatum wrote. The picture showed him, his cousin and Sneaker Head Panda, another friend of Tatum’s.
Panda recently posted a photo with Tatum, Hobbs, former NBA player Harry Giles (whom Tatum is very close to), and some other friends. The picture was posted to Instagram at a birthday party on March 4, the day after Tatum’s birthday.
Expect Tatum to be in Summer League cheering on his cousin as he fights to achieve his NBA dreams. Again, Hobbs seems unlikely to stay with the Celtics at his age, but his stats in Lithuania show he’s definitely capable of being an effective player.
Hobbs statistics in Lithuania
When Hobbs played in the Lithuanian basketball league a few years ago, he put up solid numbers. Despite only playing a single season (he played 11 games for Jonavos CBet in Lithuanian Liga 2), his stats proved he was definitely a hooper.
In the 11 games he played in, Hobbs averaged 17.5 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.5 assists on 43.0% shots from the floor and 31.7% shots from behind the three-point line. He also averaged 2.5 steals and 3.2 turnovers per game.
Having Hobbs for the Summer League will definitely make Tatum happy, so if anything, it’s worth it. And maybe he’ll find a G-League contract if he plays well enough. But as stacked as the Celtics are at guard, it will be difficult for him to earn a roster spot.
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