The NBA Summer League has capped off. Some teams saw a bright future ahead. It is safe to say the Boston Celtics are one of those promising teams.
This year, Celtics fans were able to watch both third overall pick Jaylen Brown and second-year man Terry Rozier. Rozier proved to many that he has a great and bright future ahead of him. Brown was able to turn fans who booed on draft night into complete supporters within minutes of playing.
Personally, I feel that Rozier played out of this world. I would truly be surprised if he were to be able to continue that play during the regular season. Celtics GM Danny Ainge said, "I think he is winning a [rotation] spot." Rozier was playing with a new and clear confidence, but also calmness. He made the right decisions at the right time. Too often have we seen these young guys play recklessly in the summer. If you were to watch Rozier play garbage time during this past regular season, you would've seen that nervous reckless play. However, he has come a long way. Terry Rozier averaged 20 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game this summer. Hopefully even half of this guy's summer play translates to the regular season.
Third overall pick, Jaylen Brown also played very well. Fans booed the decision to make the pick originally. However, nowadays those same individuals are most likely satisfied with the organization's decision.
Now, I believe the boos were a product of the Celtics not trading the pick. Nonetheless, they were still directed at the decision to draft Jaylen Brown.
Brown did not play at the same level of Rozier, but he certainly played well. He was aggressive, confident, and showed his athleticism. He got to the foul line over 60 times this summer. That shows he was actually attempting to get to the rim. He also had plenty of explosive plays and dunks. That is very nice to see from him, considering he had a lackluster freshman season at Cal.
He did not solidify a starting spot, but I feel he did gather the attention of all team personnel. No one should be surprised if Brown is playing a large bulk of minutes come the regular season.
Overall, these two guys showed that they can play and compete. As a Celtics fan, I am very excited to see what these two young guys bring to the current roster and to the team's future.
By Evan Singleton