Summer League ended on Friday for the Celtics, but a weekend after the fact, let’s hand out some grades for the participants.
Marcus Smart: B+
Smart’s jumper was as inconsistent and — at times — as ill-advised as we were told it would be, but his defense was incredible. What’s more, the NBA 3-point line doesn’t seem to be out of his range, even if we can’t realistically expect him to shoot with Ray Allen consistency. The Celtics have to be moderately excited by what they saw from Smart.
Phil Pressey: C
After scoring well around the rim for much of Summer League, Pressey finished by shooting 5-for-28 in his last two games. Those numbers aren’t totally fair — he completely lost his rhythm in a 1-for-15 performance on Thursday and spent most of the next two games shooting himself back into it. He also dropped off 13 assists in the final game against Indiana on Friday. Pressey’s roster spot is probably safe, since he’s cheap and the Celtics love his work ethic, but his Summer League performance was mixed.
Kelly Olynyk: C-
Lots of points, lots of shots, nothing new besides a little muscle. Jay Larranaga frequently yelled at him to pull the trigger on pick-and-pop 3-pointers, but it’s easy to understand why he was hesitant — Olynyk shot just 5-for-18 from behind the arc in Summer League.
James Young: INCOMPLETE
Get well soon, James.
Dairus Bertans: B
Get well soon, Dairus.
Also, it should be noted that Bertans can shoot extremely well. If he doesn’t get a training camp invite, he certainly had to have helped his stock elsewhere.
Mike Moser: A-
Moser performed admirably for a Summer League team affiliated with an NBA squad that doesn’t need him. He said that he was offered a spot in training camp (not a surprise), but that he wasn’t sure he’d accept it (which is smart). Boston has plenty of stretch-4s, and it’s nearly impossible to imagine him making the roster.
OD Anosike: B-
Anosike, who played in France last season, didn’t do much in his first three appearances but put up 13 points and 10 rebounds in 18 minutes in the finale. It probably won’t be enough to earn a roster spot, but it was a nice way to end the week.
Chris Babb: C
Babb is such a solid defender, but he’s not good enough to earn a roster spot without his jumper falling. He was 3-for-16 from behind the arc in Summer league, and despite an ability to drive to the basket, the acquisition of Marcus Thornton has likely put his roster spot in a lot of danger.
Chris Johnson: C
Johnson actually shot 3-for-16 from 3-point range in Summer League as well and finished an abysmal 30.6 percent from the floor. Like Babb, the Celtics love Johnson’s work ethic and hustle but — like Babb — he’ll have a hard time making the roster if he can’t score.
Colton Iverson: D
I had high hopes for Iverson making the roster given the dearth of real centers in Boston, but he was destroyed by Indiana’s Willie Reed early in the week and never seemed to fully recover. Jared Sullinger is a good rebounder, but 5.4 rebounds per 36 minutes against inferior competition from a defensive-minded 7-footer probably isn’t going to get the job done.
Edwin Jackson: C+
Jackson gets the better-than-average grade just because I had no idea what to expect from him. His shooting wasn’t good, and he had a tendency to stop the ball whenever he had it. His transition scoring was good, however, and it might be a good idea to bring him into training camp just to see what he can do and to challenge the starters.
Devin Oliver: INCOMPLETE
Four shots in 18 minutes. Better luck next year, Devin.
Daniel Coursey: INCOMPLETE
Literally did not play a minute in Summer League. That may have been a kindness; I’m not sure.
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