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Celtics’ Summer League roster is low on star power, but has some intriguing names

The Celtics gathered the players who will represent them at the upcoming Las Vegas summer league for a practice Tuesday at Auerbach Center in Brighton.Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff

The Celtics have not had first-round picks in the last two drafts, and last week they agreed to trade 2020 first-rounder Aaron Nesmith to the Pacers in the Malcolm Brogdon deal, so it’s no surprise that Boston’s summer league roster is low on star power.

But there are some familiar and intriguing names. The lone player on a full NBA contract is Sam Hauser, who last weekend agreed to a three-year deal. The Celtics are hopeful that the sharp-shooting forward can become a contributor next season, and that possibility would be jump-started by a strong showing in Las Vegas.

Juhann Begarin, a 2021 second-round pick, drives to the basket during the Celtics' summer league practice Tuesday at Auerbach Center. Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff

The roster also includes rookie guard JD Davison, the 53rd overall pick of last month’s draft, along with 2021 second-round pick Juhann Begarin, who spent last season playing professionally in France.


Guards Matt Ryan and Brodric Thomas, who were on two-way deals with the Celtics last season, are on the summer squad and could be vying for one of the final regular roster spots.

Forward Mfiondu Kabengele was a 2019 first-round pick of the Nets, forward Trevion Williams is an intriguing undrafted free agent from Purdue, and Roxbury native and former Providence College star A.J. Reeves gives the squad local flavor.

The team will be coached by Celtics assistant Ben Sullivan, who could be under consideration to replace Will Hardy in the No. 2 slot on coach Ime Udoka’s bench.

The Celtics open summer league play on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. against the Heat.

Celtics Summer League roster
Number Player Position Height Last team
45 Juhann Begarin G/F 6-5 Paris Basket (France)
51 Jordan Bone G 6-2 Zaragoza (Spain)
20 JD Davison G 6-3 Alabama
38 Aubrey Dawkins F 6-6 Turk Telekom
43 Robert Franks F 6-7 Adelaide (Australia)
30 Sam Hauser F 6-8 Celtics
29 Jericole Hellems F 6-7 NC State
55 Bryton Hobbs G 6-0 Northeastern State
28 Mfiondu Kabengele F/C 6-10 Rio Grande Valley (G League)
41 A.J. Reeves G 6-6 Providence
37 Matt Ryan F 6-7 Celtics
97 Brodric Thomas G 6-5 Celtics
50 Trevion Williams C 6-10 Purdue
SOURCE: Boston Celtics

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