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Neemias Queta is a relatively unknown name in the NBA. The 24-year-old played less than eight minutes per game during his 20 game tenure with the Sacramento Kings. Due to an abundance of big men on their roster, such as Domantas Sabonis, JaVale McGee, and Alex Len, the Kings waived Queta in September. One week later, the Boston Celtics used their final available roster spot on the 7-foot center. Despite lack of nationwide attention, Queta has proven to be a dominant force in the G League. The Portuguese native finished as the runner-up in G League MVP voting on averages of 16.8 points and 8.8 rebounds per game while shooting 68-percent from the field. During his three preseason appearances with the Celtics, Queta totaled 29 points and 14 rebounds over 35 minutes. This was done on 13-for-15 shooting from the field.


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Queta’s recent performances have garnered him praise from the likes of Joe Mazzulla and Al Horford. Horford conveyed the following to Inside The Celtics. “It seems to me the game comes easy to him.” On his current two-way deal, Queta is eligible to appear in 50 regular season games. It’s arguable that he outshined teammate Luke Kornet, who registered 13 points and 10 rebounds over 56 preseason minutes, and should be prioritized higher within the Celtics’ rotation.

It’s also within the realm of possibility to see Queta become an integral part of the lineup. The Celtics’ other big men include an injury-prone Kristaps Porzingis and 37-year-old Horford. Based on Queta’s development over the past year, he will likely continue dominating under the radar.

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