Celtics’ Yam Madar posts highlights as draft and reserve prospect grows with Partizan Belgrade

While Yam Madar’s plan was to play in the United States in the NBA this fall, extenuating circumstances forced him to reconsider his options. The Celtics looked like they needed some leadership depth, but after signing Dennis Schröder for a bargain they didn’t have the room or playing time available for Madar.

So, while there was healthy excitement during the Summer League for Madar – who showed flashes – he was back abroad for the 2020 second-round pick. Madar, who had previously played for the Hapoel Tel Aviv in his native Israel, joined Partizan Belgrade in Serbia for the 2021-22 season.

Madar would have been offered the Celtics’ second two-part contract, but there was no clear path to playing time. Boston plans to eliminate Marcus Smart as a starting point guard, with Schröder and Payton Pritchard also available on the bench.

Although the regular season has not started for Partizan Belgrade for a few weeks, the team have played in some pre-season friendlies against other teams. This means that Madar highlights, who arrived on YouTube as Madar posts solid numbers.

Madar scored 11 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists in one game against Radnički. He also had a game of 19 points and seven assists against AS Monaco.

It’s not yet clear if Madar will be able to break through the NBA and make an impact, but for a draft and hiding perspective, he offers a lot of intrigue. He enjoys the tutelage of a legendary coach of Željko Obradović, who has won nine EuroLeague titles, so it’s a solid environment.

Madar took the Summer League by storm for Celtics fans in the first half of Game 1 against the Hawks. He was a pest defensively and took some shots, showing he belonged to the field. It was an overall trip to Las Vegas for Madar as he missed the last two games with a groin injury.

In total, Madar has played three Summer League games, averaging 4.7 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game. The Celtics brass must have liked him enough to offer him a two-pronged contract, but they will keep a close eye on the 20-year-old’s development in the future.

The highlights, however, should keep Celtics fans engaged. Schröder will likely only be with the Celtics for a year, so depending on where the roster is next summer, there’s a way Madar can finally reach the NBA.

Madar isn’t the only international prospect the Celtics will be watching. Juhann Begarin, the 45th pick in the 2021 draft, is also away from home. He plays in his native France for Paris Basketball. After a solid finish last year, Paris Basketball has been promoted to number one in the baskets of France. So it will be a developmental season for the teenager who got a taste of America when he also came for the Summer League.

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