After the release of Donte Green, acquired in the Fab Melo trade only a few weeks ago, the Celtics roster now stands at 14. Heading into training camp, there are four candidates eager to impress the organisation and snatch that 15th and last spot.
As all invitees are rookies, a successful player will be signed to a contract under $500,000 for the season. This is a very important financial part of the final spot, as anything above that amount will push the C’s above the repeater tax threshold; something the team is desperate to avoid this year. So let’s take a quick look at each invitee heading in to training camp.
Playing for Oral Roberts University, he averaged 15.5 PPG and 9.4 Rebounds in his senior year. The 6-10 Power Forward grew up idolising Kevin Garnett, and is also quite an inspiring story coming from a small town in Alaska with the odds stacked against him. Learn more about him here.
Prior to being contacted by the C’s, Bell-Holter had plans to play overseas in Germany. But once he got the call from Boston, he told Alaska Sports Blog:
It’s really exciting. It’s a huge opportunity that doesn’t come around very often. Just that they knew my name is pretty cool.
At 29 years of age, Taylor is a 6-2 point guard who went undrafted in 2007. After playing 4 years at Wisconsin, Taylor went on to play in Spain, France, Germany and Ukraine. This July, the point guard averaged 10 points and 2.3 assists per contest for the Timberwolves’ Summer League team. Taylor’s chances of making the team may very well hinge on the health of Rajon Rondo, with the young Phil Pressey already on a guaranteed contract.
The 6-8 forward went undrafted in 2010, going on to play for the Maine Red Claws that season after a stint with the C’s Summer League team. He managed to win the accolade of the 2011 NBA Development League Rookie of the Year, averaging 20.3 PPG and 7.7 rebounds for the season. Since then, he has played overseas in South Korea, Puerto Rico and Lebanon. Sims is an athletic player at either forward position, who could fit in well if the C’s intend to play more transition offense this season.
A 6-5 undrafted product from Iowa State, Babb is listed as a shooting guard, something the Celtics roster seems to be overflowing with. He produced averages of 5 PPG in 14.3 minutes for the Phoenix Suns during the Las Vegas Summer League, relying mainly on his 3-point shot. Consdering the logjam at the 2-spot, the odds will be against Babb heading into camp.
While there is one roster spot remaining on the Celtics roster, more moves are always likely with Danny Ainge. After all, the potential of no invitee making the Celtics opening night squad is also a possibility.
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