For the past six seasons, the Boston Celtics have harbored grand visions of deep playoff runs into the early days of summer. However, with the team in full-fledged rebuilding mode, the midsummer games hold significant meaning now. The Celtics' summer league roster no longer consists of camp bodies but prospects who could see legitimate playing time come the fall.
Over the first four days, numerous players showed flashes of potentially useful NBA skills. Though Boston will have a fairly cluttered roster following the Brooklyn Nets trade, that could change quickly based on the market for mid-level contracts like Brandon Bass, Courtney Lee and others. Some sort of trade seems likely, as the Celtics need to dip under the luxury tax threshold at some point to avoid repeater penalties.
With the Celtics seeking youth for new coach Brad Stevens to develop, a handful of NBA Summer League standouts should receive ample opportunity during training camp. Besides first-rounder Kelly Olynyk, who is a lock to make the roster, here's a look at five players who could contribute this regular season.