The Boston Celtics have a lot to think about this season. They have a TPE of $17.1 million to use, a $6.3 million MLE to use, and several positions on the list they want to fill. Their goal is to get the best team possible out there trying to get back to the NBA Finals.
However, they cannot skip the word free agent until the beginning of the next season. First, they need to get through the Summer League. But before that, they need to fill out the Summer Split roster – a process they’ve already begun.
Based on Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston GlobeCeltics added former pick in first round Mfiondu Kabengele joined their Summer League squad. He is joined by players such as Jordan Bone, Juhann Begarin, JD Davison and Trevion Williams.
Kabengele hasn’t appeared in an NBA game since the 2020-21 season when he played 23 games for the LA Clippers and 16 games for the Cleveland Cavaliers. However, as noted by NBC Sports Boston, he achieved a lot of success in the G League last season.
Kabgenele’s G League Success
In an article detailing Kabengele’s addition to the Boston Summer League lineup, NBC Sports Boston’s Justin Leger pointed out that the big boys have enjoyed some G League success this year with the Rio Grande. Valley Vipers.
“Kabengele, a star of Florida State, was originally selected in the first round of the 2019 NBA Draft by the Brooklyn Nets. The 6-foot-10 striker played 51 games in his career between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Cleveland Cavaliers. He played for the G League’s Rio Grande Valley Vipers last season, averaging 17.5 points and 9.3 rebounds per game,” Leger wrote.
During two seasons at Florida State, Kabengele was known for his ability to save and score goals. In his final college season, he averaged 13.2 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game with 50.2% of shots from the field and 36.9% of shots from behind the 3-pointer line. .
His fitness and defensive presence could make him an ideal back-up behind Robert Williams if he sticks out after the Summer League. But of course, he’ll have to prove his worth there first.
However, based on the scouting report he received after college, he might be an ideal match.
Kabengele’s defense hailed as promising
The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor ranked Kabengele as the 23rd most promising player in the 2019 NBA Draft. He is one place behind Orlando Magic’s Bol Bol and one place behind Philadelphia 76ers’ Matisse Thybulle. O’Connor lists Kebengele’s greatest strength as “rim protection,” and one can thrive at that end of the floor.
“Energy firing interception; he has natural timing combined with quick jumps and lengths. He has the most visible impact in defensive support situations when chasing opponents,” O’Connor wrote. “The main potential for protecting the pick-and-roll process; He has progressed in college and does a solid job at skipping to protect both his man and the ball handler. His length is a natural deterrent. “
While Kabengele has yet to hold out anywhere in the league, if he can prove his worth at the back in the Summer League, perhaps the Celtics could hand him a ticket back to the NBA.
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