The 2014 Orlando Summer League kicks off today, giving us our first look at Marcus Smart and James Young in Celtics uniforms, along with many other interesting names, like Nerlens Noel of the Philadelphia 76ers and Aaron Gordon of the (SHOULD HAVE BEEN CELTICS) Magic.
Summer League is closed to the public due to space constraints, but you can catch — as far as I know — every game on NBA TV, or you can purchase the Summer League App. If you like highly entertaining but generally subpar basketball, I suggest you do so.
Here’s Boston’s 2014 roster:
Marcus Smart — Smart’s bully style of play might make him the least fun player to guard and to be guarded by at the 2014 Summer League.
James Young — Young hasn’t practiced much with the team due to a car accident, so hopefully he will play. Don’t be surprised if he sits the first couple games, though.
Kelly Olynyk — Last year, Olynyk dominated Summer League competition. The competition hasn’t necessarily improved, so don’t expect that to change.
Phil Pressey — Pressey/Smart lineups will be interesting and fun. The Celtics like Pressey’s work ethic, so don’t be surprised if the diminutive point guard earns himself another roster spot.
Chris Johnson — Johnson can shoot, he’s very athletic, and he plays very hard. He’s going to be a fun Summer League player.
Chris Babb — Arguably the nicest human being in the world, so if you like nice people, be cheering for Babb to be a knock-down shooter.
Colton Iverson — This will be interesting. Boston needs a big, physical rim protector. Iverson’s NBA skill is being big, physical and a rim protector. Is he good enough to make the roster this season?
O.D. Anosike — 6’7 forward who played in France last season. He literally does not shoot 3-pointers, but he’s hyper-efficient (58 percent) inside the arc.
Dairis Bertans — Allegedly speedy. I have to be honest: I don’t know who he is at all.
Edwin Jackson — A 40-percent 3-point shooter at the EuroCup, Jackson averaged 18 points per game in France last year.
Mike Moser — Moser, a 6’8 204-pound power forward with a 7’0 wingspan, went undrafted in 2014. He will struggle to make the crowded Celtics roster, but he could make a name for himself for other teams. Moser averaged 51.4 percent from two and 37.8 percent from three last season.
Devin Oliver — Another 6’7 forward, Oliver averaged 39.8 percent in his last season at Dayton.
Daniel Coursey — Coursey is a 6’10 shot blocker who averaged 10.1 points and 2.1 blocks per game at Mercer last season. Pretty evident what role the Celtics are considering for Coursey.
Honestly, if you are interested in watching the Celtics win some games, this is your time. It’s probably not going to happen much during the 2014-15 season, despite how entertaining and young the team will be. But in Summer League? This roster looks nasty.
Here’s the schedule:
Saturday, July 5: Boston vs. OKC, 11 a.m.
Monday, July 7: Boston vs. Indiana, 3 p.m.
Wednesday, July 9: Boston vs. Detroit, 7 p.m.
Thursday, July 10: Boston vs. Orlando, 5 p.m.
Friday, July 11: Championship Day, TBD
Brian and I will be there covering the Celtics for the whole week, so be sure to check back here throughout each day.
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