3 Young players the Boston Celtics should develop, 4 to give up on

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In the midst of free agency drama, the Celtics signed Dalano Banton (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images) /

Develop: Dalano Banton

In what would be a surprise to no one, the Boston Celtics are clearly invested in Dalano Banton and they should be excited about the possibility of his development. Banton was signed to a two-year contract in free agency and impressed in the two games that he played in Summer League in which he averaged 15 points, six rebounds, and four assists per game.

The hope is that Banton can develop into a player that could possibly emerge as a possible long-term answer at the backup point guard position. With as many questions as this team has after Derrick White, especially with the uncertainty that revolves around Payton Pritchard’s future with the team and Malcolm Brogdon’s injury history, the gamble on Banton as insurance at the lead-guard position made sense.

Banton spent his first two seasons in the NBA with the Toronto Raptors but is just beginning to scratch the surface of the player he can be. At 6-foot-7 and just 23 years old, Banton is an intriguing guard prospect for the Celtics to invest in. Last season, he appeared in 31 games and averaged five points on 42 percent shooting from the field.