Eager to return to the finals next season, Boston is looking for the right moves in order to strengthen itself without spending too much. As such, the leaders notably managed to win a young player who was quite promising, who caused a lot of mayhem in the Summer League.
When we manage to reach the Finals, although they were lost to the Warriors, we have only one desire: to participate again. That’s precisely the Celtics’ plan for 2022-23, with Ime Udoka’s troops showing what potential they hold. Malcolm Brodgon was the first to sign on the spot, the franchise with 17 champion banners going so far as to go up a six player trade to bring in the Pacers point guard.
However, the stars are not everything and you also need good actors, capable of keeping the boat afloat when the captains of the roster need a breather. Not easy to find such profiles, but Boston thinks it has found the rare pearl in the person of Mfiondu Kabengele. Present in the Summer League with the Greens and Whites, the interior will join the squad of Tatum & co. next year, going back and forth between the G-League and the NBA.
New promising recruit for the Celtics!
We signed @Mfiondu to a two-way contract ☘️
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—Boston Celtics (@celtics) July 17, 2022
We signed Mfiondu Kabengele on a two-way deal.
Drafted in the first round in 2019, the interested party could never really show what he was worth, counting only barely 51 regular season games between the Clippers and the Cavaliers. Not enough to discourage him, however, since he was a hit in the G-League instead, under the colors of the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. In 2021-22, he even finished champion with them, averaging 17.5 points and 9.7 rebounds (59% shooting, 40% from afar).
All that was enough for Massachusetts leaders to give him a chance this summer, and the choice obviously paid off. It must be said that in four games, the native of Toronto caused mayhem with his new team, fast averages of 14.0 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.8 blocks in 25 minutes per game, always with good success percentages (56% shooting, 38% behind the arc). All this while dropping some big highlights that Bean Town fans will get used to:
Follow the Canadians 🇨🇦
Mfiondu Kabengele | against Brooklyn
— NBA Canada (@NBACanada) July 17, 2022
Very prolific in the summer league, Mfiondu Kabengele was rewarded with a contract with the reigning NBA finalist. A golden opportunity for the young man, who will be able to strengthen the interior sector of the C’s with his great athletic qualities and his shoot.