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2021 Summer League Championship Preview

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By Alexander Chan

The Boston Celtics and Sacramento Kings will square off for the 2021 MGM Resorts Summer League Championship Tuesday night at the Thomas & Mack Center. The Celtics and Kings are undefeated and finished the summer league with the two best point differentials of all thirty teams.

 

While both teams have largely dominated their opponents, the Celtics and Kings built their summer league rosters in entirely different ways. The Celtics are led primarily by third-year and second-year players who have already played significant rotation minutes in the NBA. By contrast, the Kings are built around their lottery pick from this year’s NBA Draft.

 

Boston Celtics

 

That the Celtics are in the championship game should not be much of a surprise given who suited up for Boston this summer. While the Celtics do not have much star power in terms of high profile draft picks from this year’s draft, Boston has steamrolled their competition with their collection of second and third-year players, such as Romeo Langford, Carsen Edwards, Payton Pritchard, and Aaron Nesmith. All four players have played significant minutes in the NBA, including the playoffs.

 

Summer league has looked like a walk in the park for the Celtics as they have defeated their opponents in summer league by an average of 21 points per game. Pritchard has looked especially impressive in summer league as he has averaged over 20 points per game while shooting over 50% from the field and from the three-point line.

 

Sacramento Kings

 

The Kings’ lottery pick, Davion Mitchell, has turned heads with his performance during summer league. Mitchell has shot 47.5% from the field and 50% from the three-point line in Las Vegas. Mitchell will look to follow-up Baylor’s NCAA championship from the spring with a summer league championship.

 

The Kings’ second-round draft pick from last season, Jahmi’us Ramsey, has been impressive as well following a freshman season in the NBA in which he rarely played. Ramsey is averaging over 16 points per game. The only bad news for the Kings is their that third-year power forward, Chimezie Metu, has struggled as he has shot just under 32% from the field.

 

Prediction

The Boston Celtics should prevail in the summer league championship. Teams with players that have NBA experience tend to excel in summer league. The Celtics have a clear advantage in the experience department over the Kings. While Mitchell has been impressive, the Celtics may have too many weapons for Sacramento to overcome.

Written by: Ashton Ridley

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