Celtics Announce 2002 Shaw's Summer League Rosters
Among the notables expected to play are Boston's Kedrick Brown, Joseph Forte, Omar Cook, as well as 2002 draft choice Darius Songaila. The Washington Wizards are expected to showcase Kwame Brown and Brendan Haywood both 2001 first round picks, as well as 2002 first round selections Jared Jeffries and Juan Dixon, while the Atlanta Hawks will bring their 2002 first round pick Dan Dickau. The Milwaukee Bucks will feature all four of its 2002 draft choices, while the New Jersey Nets are set to bring three players from their run to the NBA Finals - Richard Jefferson, Jason Collins and Brian Scalabrine.
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Here is some more info about some of the players you may see in Celtic uniforms during the 2002 Shaw's Pro Summer League:
This 6-9 forward is just one of Boston’s summer league imports that have played at the highest levels in Europe. Having started his career with a club team in his native Yugoslavia, he has since played for powerhouses such as FC Barcelona (Spain), AEK Athens (Greece) and Pallancanestro Trieste (Italy) and most recently CB Malaga (Spain). He has been a member of both the Yugoslav and Greek National teams, and was on the 2001 European Championship winning squad.
Having spent a greater portion of his young basketball career with KD Slovan in his native Slovenia, the best may be yet to come for Lakovic. Still a student at the University of Ljubljana, he averaged 12.7 points per game for his club during the 2001 season, as well as over 20 points per game in the Euroleague. Lakovoic already has international experience having played for Slovenia’s National Team.
Dikoudis is considered one of Europe’s finest at the forward position. He is coming off a season in which he led superpower AEK Athens to the Greek title, averaging 15.4 points and 6.7 boards per game - which also earned him the league’s MVP award. He shot over 60 percent from the field, and nailed 19 of his 36 trey attempts this past season.
Carcamo is a well-traveled big man. A native of Los Angeles, Carcamo played college ball at Santa Monica Junior College and then one season at Eastern Washington, before stints in both Belize and with Shenzhen in the Chinese League. It was here that he was teammates with fellow summer leaguer Sonny Watson and played against Yao Ming, the number one draft choice of the Houston Rockets in the 2002 NBA Draft.
A product of the University of South Florida, few know the European circuit like Alexander. Although he’s had a cup of coffee with the Heat and the Cavs during the 1993-94 season, the 6-7 forward has played in Israel, Italy, Germany, Poland, Turkey, France and most recently in Spain with Gran Canaria and Caceres.
Back for his second Shaw’s Pro Summer League, the Celtics have high hopes for this high-flyer in the coming year. With four free agents on their active roster and limited room with respect to the salary cap, Boston might look to Brown to fill some of the voids. The club hopes to use the Summer League to further acclimate him the system, as well as to make him the focus of their offensive and defensive sets.
The Celtics hope to use the Shaw’s Pro Summer League to further refine Forte’s ability to handle the point guard position. A natural two-guard who won much acclaim during his two-season college career at North Carolina, Boston feels that both the team and Forte have everything to gain by making him proficient in both backcourt positions.
A free agent signee late last season, the Celtics are hoping that Cook can help man the point guard position in 2003 and beyond. Drafted by the Magic in the second round of the 2000 NBA Draft, Boston’s coaching staff feels that Cook has the tools to someday be a floor general in the NBA. They hope that positive minutes at the Shaw’s Pro Summer League will only further develop Cook’s skills.
The Shaw’s Pro Summer League will provide Boston coaches as well as fans with an opportunity to take a look at the Celtics draft choice in the 2002 NBA Draft (50th overall). Called a “slider” by many NBA experts, Songaila led Wake Forest to consecutive NCAA Tournament berths in his junior and senior seasons. A big man with a the ability to score inside and outside, as well as rebound, a solid performance this summer could help him gain a roster spot this fall.