The Maine Celtics have been pumping out basketball talent for the last couple of years, with noteworthy names finding time in the NBA. Just last season, 4 players made their way to NBA courts and have played genuine minutes. With so much success, Maine Celtics have taken over basketball, and their journeys are worth a tour.
Straight to Boston
The two most notable players from the 2021-22 Maine Celtics seasons are two guys that found rotational minutes for Boston. This year, two former G League players have found significant time on the court for their NBA affiliate.
The first player that plays a role on the team is forward/center Luke Kornet. During his stint in Maine, he had very well-rounded statistics. His 12 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists were good enough to contribute to the team’s success. Now, he averages 11.4 minutes per game with 3.7 points and 2.8 rebounds. Most impressively, he has incredible shooting splits with 68.5% from the field and 33.3% from three. He is most notable for his interesting shot contests, where he jumps up and blocks a shooter’s view of the rim.
The second player and maybe one of the best spot up shooters in the league is Sam Hauser. In the G League, he took the league by storm. His 17 points on 48.7% from the field and 43.4% from three. His NBA stats prove his value in teh big leagues, playing almost 16 minutes per game. He averages 6 points on incredible shooting splits at a rate of 45.3% from the field and 41.5% from three. This season he has had two games of twenty points or more, and should excel in the playoffs and next season.
A few players from the Maine Celtics found time on an NBA court this season, but not for Boston. Theo Pinson has been contributing for the Mavericks, playing in 35 games this season. His 2 points may not seem like much, but his 7 minutes per game and 34.9% shooting from three dominate the stats.
Bruno Fernando also found great time in the NBA, playing in 31 games this season. He averages 11.7 minutes per game, scoring 4 points and grabbing 4 rebounds. He shoots 51.6% from the field, typical of the dominant big man.
One player who is not playing in the NBA is Chris Clemons, but he is in no way unsuccessful. He plays professional basketball for the Xinjiang Flying Tigers, where he is the leading scorer and is a part of one of the most dominant duos in basketball overseas. The Flying Tigers rank 8th in the league with a record of 17-11, highlighted by former Maine Celtics players Clemons and Tacko Fall. Clemons is averaging 17 points per game on rates of 44% from the field and 33% from three.
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