Guerschon Yabusele

Scott Morrison: Yabusele 'was pressing a bit' due to lack of touches in 2019 summer league debut

Scott Morrison: Yabusele 'was pressing a bit' due to lack of touches in 2019 summer league debut

Heading into the 2019 summer league, there was some buzz about the Boston Celtics' third-year big man, Guerschon Yabusele. The 16th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft was expected to be the "main guy" for the summer-league Celtics as their most experienced player.

With the Celtics having an unsettled big-man rotation, Yabusele has an opportunity to take a step ahead in his battle with Robert Williams, Daniel Theis, and Vincent Poirier for a more consistent role off the bench behind Enes Kanter. But in order for that to happen, Yabusele will have to play better than he did in the team's Saturday-night win over the Philadelphia 76ers.

In the contest, Yabusele went 0-for-4 from the field and was only able to grab 4 rebounds in 16 minutes of scoreless action. Despite Yabusele's performance, Celtics summer league coach Scott Morrison wasn't too discouraged with his effort in the opener and thought there was a way that the coaches could help Yabusele.

“He didn’t get that many touches, which I could help with a little bit,” Morrison said per Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe. “The second half, I tried to get him a few more looks, and I feel like maybe he was pressing a bit to make something happen on those touches because he hadn’t gotten many. So Guersch is a great passer, great cutter, good team basketball player, so I just got to remind him to play like that and showcase his strengths, and I’ll try to get him more opportunities where he can be a scorer as well.”

Of course, it didn't help Yabusele's cause that the crowd in the building were more focused on seeing Tacko Fall in action. The undrafted 7-foot-6 rookie from UCF got a lot of attention from the crowd and Morris referenced that being a factor in getting Fall some extra action.

“You’ve got to give the crowd what they want, and what they wanted was more touches for Tacko,” Scott Morrison said per the Celtics official Twitter account. “So we had to get him some more touches.”

Fall finished the game with 6 points, 4 rebounds, and a block in 10 minutes of action, and he certainly had more of a positive impact than Yabusele did when he was on the floor (Fall was a plus-18 in the game, Yabusele was a minus-12). If that continues, the Celtics could have a decision to make on Yabusele, whose $3.1 million team option has already been exercised for the 2019-2020 season.

Yabusele's next chance to step up will be on Monday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The game starts at 7:30 p.m. ET and can be seen on NBC Sports Boston.

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Stars, Studs and Duds from the Celtics' Summer League win over Sixers

Stars, Studs and Duds from the Celtics' Summer League win over Sixers

LAS VEGAS -- The Boston Celtics kicked off summer league in impressive fashion, rallying from an early deficit to defeat Philadelphia 96-82.

Like most summer league teams, the Celtics (1-0) went deep into their bench early and often.

Boston’s 7-foot-6 Tacko Fall got the loudest ovation when he entered the game, and it continued every time he touched the ball in the first half. 

Here’s a look at the Stars, Studs and Duds from Boston’s summer league win over Philadelphia.

STARS

Carsen Edwards: That ultra-quick first step getting to the basket created lots of space for Carsen Edwards in college. And in his first summer league game it was more of the same as he led the Celtics with 20 points which included five made 3-pointers. 

Robert Williams III: Playing just 19 minutes, Robert Williams tallied a near double-double of nine points and nine rebounds to go with three steals. 

STUDS

Tacko Fall: Everytime he touched the ball, the crowd went nuts. It didn’t take too long for those cheers to be rewarded with strong play at both ends of the floor. He would finish with six points, four rebounds and one blocked shot. 

P.J. Dozier: The ex-Celtics guard had a nice game for the Sixers, scoring 13 points on 6-for-10 shooting from the field.  

Javonte Green: One of the unknown reserves for the Celtics, Green made the most of his playing time with strong finishes at the rim and solid defense to finish with 12 points. 

Grant Williams: This was indeed a solid debut by Grant Williams, showcasing heady play at both ends of the floor in addition to a perimeter game that many questioned coming out of college. He finished with 12 points and six rebounds along with shooting 2-for-4 from three-point range. 

DUDS

Guerschon Yabusele: At no point did Guerschon Yabusele, the most experienced player on the summer league roster with the Celtics, make much of an impact. He was scoreless in 16 minutes in addition to a plus/minus of -12.

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Five things to watch from Celtics at Vegas Summer League

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Five things to watch from Celtics at Vegas Summer League

The Celtics open play at Vegas Summer League on Saturday against the Al Horford-poaching Philadelphia Sixers (5 p.m., NBC Sports Boston). There are only two players from last season's NBA roster — Robert Williams and Guerschon Yabusele — but no shortage of intrigue with all four of the team’s recent draft picks out west (though it doesn’t seem likely that top overall selection, Romeo Langford will play as he recovers from thumb surgery).