For the first time in six seasons, the Boston Celtics’ summer league team actually mattered. In years past, with Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen all on the roster, not to mention Doc Rivers’ history of using young players sparingly, even those who managed to make the roster were not expected to move the needle at all.
However, with Boston rebuilding under 36-year-old coach Brad Stevens and staying quiet in free agency, the players on the Celts’ summer league roster had an opportunity to play their way into a real role with the team.
Of course, summer league success comes in all forms. Not everyone can light up the scoreboard like Kelly Olynyk, and winning basketball games is about more than just putting points on the board.
Conversely, a player can put up decent numbers in summer league and simply fail to grasp the team concept or contribute in any other meaningful ways.
Now that some time has passed to assess Boston’s 3-2 finish in the 2013 Orlando Summer League, let’s look back at some of the winners and losers from the Celtics’ squad.
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