Boston Celtics: 3 players that balled out during Summer League action

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Head coach Joe Mazzulla of the Boston Celtics Summer League team (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) /

The NBA Summer League tournament provides young players on each of the 30 teams in the league an opportunity to show their teams what they bring to the table. For a team like the Boston Celtics that is full of young talent, it was no surprise that they shined throughout the action this summer.

The Celtics opened up the tournament by winning their first four games, booking themselves a spot in the final game against the Sacramento Kings. Things didn’t go as planned in this one, as the C’s got blown out by the Kings, ending their time in Las Vegas on a sour note.

Despite the tough finish, there was still a lot to like about the Celtics Summer League performance. Many of their young guys stood out and put up some great performances over the course of their five games, and it’s no surprise they were able to pull off a few blowouts of their own along the way.

With so much young talent on the Celtics roster, headlined by Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, it’s tough to stand out and make a name for yourself. But there were definitely a few guys who were able to accomplish that during their time in Vegas. Here are three players from the Celtics Summer League roster who balled out, and definitely gave their coaches something to consider once the regular season approaches.

Boston Celtics Summer League Standout No. 3: Sam Hauser

An undrafted rookie out of Virginia, Sam Hauser joined the Celtics Summer League roster in hopes of finding his way onto the actual roster. In a sense, he ended up accomplishing that, as the Celtics handed him a two-way contract midway through the tournament.

Things didn’t look so great for Hauser at the start of the tournament. He only managed to score nine points over the first two games, and shot just 3/11 along the way. But everything changed in the Celtics third game against the Orlando Magic.

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Hauser caught fire in the second half of this contest, and ended up as the Celtics leading scorer with 21 points. He shot an efficient 7/12 from the field, including 6/10 from behind the three point line. It was a stunning turnaround from Hauser, who just couldn’t seem to find his footing in the opening two contests, only to find himself shooting lights out in this one.

Hauser was promptly rewarded with a two way contract in Boston, and continued his fine play over the final two contests. He hit all three of his shots against the Philadelphia 76ers, and managed to shoot a respectable 3/6 in the blowout loss against the Sacramento Kings.

Hauser offers the C’s a bit of a different prospect then they really have, as he is a bigger forward who shoots the three ball well. He probably won’t contribute to the Celtics team this upcoming season, but he offers upside as a potential sharpshooter as a forward down the line, and he could end up becoming a solid contributor for Boston in the future.