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Don't ignore Sam Hauser, feisty back court trio - and more for 2021-22 Celtics

 NBA fans don't usually get excited by anything that happens in Summer League, but the Boston Celtics have a few things going on that inject hope into the upcoming season. First of all, undrafted rookie marksman, Sam Hauser may be better that his 2021 non-draft status indicated.


We won't be hearing any Larry Bird comparisons, and even the Duncan Robinson mention may be over-enthusiastic, but I like the 23-year-old's size (6'8"), hands, decisions and, yes, marksmanship. In the Celtics 108-71 pummeling of the Orlando Magic last night, Hauser scored 21 points in 26 minutes on 7-of-12 from the field and 6-of-10 on 3s. He can get his shot off, at least at the Summer League level, and his four boards and seven assists attest that he could eventually land a roster spot.

Payton Pritchard just keeps showing us that he belongs in the NBA, and that what we saw from him last season was not the finished product. The main point here is that Marcus Smart, Dennis Schroder and Payton Pritchard will combine to make one Hell of a feisty back court trio

Aaron ThreeSmith had another sound outing, coming away with a line of 18P/9R/4A. And at 6'9" and 240 pounds, Boston can use Bruno Fernando's physique and physicality in the middle. He is only 22 years old and can learn from Al Horford and Enes Kanter. He remains raw, but I believe we will see more than the 6.8 minutes per game he logged last season with Atlanta. Good chance he sticks in Beantown.

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