The Boston Celtics just wrapped up their Summer League schedule. They ended up going 3-2 and missing out on the championship game. However, Summer League is less about wins and losses and more about player development, and a few Celtics players stood out above the rest.
One of those guys was big man Mfiondu Kabengele. The 24-year-old center signed with Boston’s Summer League squad after spending the entirety of last year in the G League, where he dominated. He played well for the Celtics and, in the end, was rewarded for his efforts.
Boston signed Kabengele to a two-way contract for the upcoming season, filling their final two-way spot. Second-round rookie JD Davison got the other one. Last week, Kabengele spoke with Bobby Manning of CelticsBlog, explaining his mindset before signing with the team.
“With the Celtics, [when] they traded for (Malcolm) Brogdon, a lot of spots were available with players that moved for Brogdon,” Kabengele told Manning. “There was a need for an energy big that can make plays. [My agent] thought it was a good fit, so he did his thing and talked to Brad [Stevens] and everybody and brought me here, and since I’ve gotten here, it’s been great.”
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At just 24, Kabengele still has a ton of room to improve, and playing in the G League really helped with that.
Kabengele Talks G League Experience
Though the big man didn’t get a chance to play in the NBA this past season, his experience in the G League was crucial to his development as a player. Kabengele told Manning that getting to play against some NBA veterans in the G League helped him reach this point.
“Coming to the G-League, it kind of solidified my beliefs of who I am as a player,” said Kabengele. “Because you aren’t able to go up-and-down [in the NBA] and practice can only show you so much compared to a game, so coming to a game and playing G-League games against guys who could go to the league, some call down guys, some vets that came out like Isaiah Thomas, Lance [Stephenson] were there. Going against them, it gives you a big gauge of where you are. So, playing that year helped me out …read more