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Boston Celtics Summer League Grades

 

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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  • smalltownID

    Difficult not to love what Moser did during summer league and wish there wasn’t a spot for him. Best of luck.

  • https://twitter.com/BostonSportFan1 ChrisinDanvers

    Nice overall review about the summer league. Good point about Moser…he was definitely a stand out. Also, good point about Smart. The grade of B+ might be slightly generous in my books considering his shooting, but he did play solid defense. I thought Olynyk wasn’t too bad, though….particularly at the start.

    • hax

      Agreed @ Smart & Olynyk.

  • Michelle Trybulec

    Why does the media (looking at you, A. Sherrod B. and Bob Ryan, et al) assume Boston will be able to trade Rondo? Isn’t it possible (if not probable) that Rondo will be unwilling to give the “I’m willing to sign long-term with y’all” cue? And precisely which teams will be lining up to surrender assets for a potentially less than one year rental? Aren’t there rather few clubs that Rondo will be interested in joining if his tenure in Massachusetts is clearly up? As I’ve said before, I do think he could end up a Knick. But other than that, why are these reporters ignoring the obvious?

    • hax

      Plan 1 is to keep him at a reasonable price. But thanks to Marcus Smart, we can let Rondo walk and be happy that 12 million is off the books. So we don’t -have- to trade him thanks to the Smart insurance policy. But if he does get traded, it has to be great value coming back.
      ______________
      Rondo & Anthony
      for
      Sanders & Knight & Antetokounmpo & 2015 1st round pick
      ___________________________________________________
      Rondo & Wallace
      for
      Conley & Prince & Koufos & 2017 1st round pick
      ___________________________________________
      But like you said, he can play the ‘won’t re-sign’ game and screw good deals.

      • Michelle Trybulec

        Yeah, I mean, here’s hoping both Rondo and the C’s benefit if/when the time comes to part, but I just think the point of free agency kind of gets lost in this process (and talk) of teams trying squeeze whatever they can out of players they can no longer keep. The ‘Melo/Denver and Howard/Orlando circuses made everybody look bad, but they also screwed up perspective on free agency. But nothing screwed up perspective more than a CBA that punishes players financially for having the patience to wait for their FA status BEFORE determining where they’ll play in their prime and twilight years in the league. Either have free agency or don’t, but just don’t tie it to “rights” and contract size. Unless, of course, there truly is no bad publicity.

      • dasein

        Wow hax,

        I know we’re all homers here, but those trades are just not realistic at all. Given that Rondo is expiring you wouldn’t get Antetokounpo alone for him let alone the rest of that stuff. You wouldn’t get Conley (who is locked in to a decent deal) straight up for him either. Sanders might have been a possibility if the bucks just wanted to dump him, but looks like with Kidd in town they’re going to give him another chance, and they should.

        Honestly, the best you’ll get for Rondo as things stand is one young prospect or one decent pick. Nobody is going to give up the farm for 1 year of a 2nd/3rd tier star, and Rondo doesn’t seem inclined to make any promises regarding his free agency. Anyone expecting a major haul is going to be disappointed I’m afraid.

        • hax

          :D They are supposed to be ripoff deals.
          My point was get something insane in return or risk free agency.
          Forced trade will lose us a top 5 PG for a young unknown & an iffy draft pick like you said.
          Re-signing Rondo or gaining cap space is probably better than a cheap return like that.

          • dasein

            Ah, ok. I get you now.

            Yeah, could also keep him into next year and hope for a S&T with some team that doesn’t have the cap room to sign him outright. That’s risky though because there seem to be plenty of teams with cap space every off-season now. The Knicks for one will have plenty of room next year, and I could see Rondo as a big target for them.

          • Ping

            Rajon Rondo is not a top 5 point guard. I could write an entire post of my own about it, but more or less I believe Rondo is extremely overrated here in Boston.

            He’s a brilliant passer and can play solid team defense when focused, but far too often he slacks on both ends. If he’s going to be treated as a star, somone to pair with Love or otherwise, he needs to be a better scorer. I hate the whole “second banana” and “alpha dog” arguments. They infer some defined team structure that doesn’t necessarily have to exist. The ’11 Mavs, current Pacers/Spurs, and heck even the ’08 C’s have proven that team balance wins.

            Rondo is better than Rubio, but he’s not even close to the likes of Nash (who virtually put up 50/40/90 for 5 consecutive seasons, which is insane). Love + Rondo does not equal a Big Two.

            Paul, Westbrook, Curry, Parker, and Rose (when healthy) are all better. Wall and Dragic may be in that tier as early as next season. Lillard, Lawson, and Conley are knocking on the door. That’s 10 PGs that at least have an argument over Rondo.

            If money or cap wasn’t an issue, how many of those teams would take a healthy Rondo straight up for one season? Two?

            And yes please bring debate :)

          • hax

            Nah, you’re right. I’m not debating that those guys may be more talented scorers and such. But I believe in the assist.

            11.7 ppg
            9.8 apg x2 = 19.6 (assuming all assists lead to 2′s, which they don’t but oh well)
            19.6 + 11.7 = 31.3
            Rondo coming off a major injury, not 100%, accounted for 31.3 ppg for our team, through scoring & passing.

            And that’s with a bad jumpshot. If he improves his shooting into a legit NBA shot, he rockets up that ladder of PG’s you just made.

            This is the year that he proves he is a Tier 1 PG, or a Tier 2 PG.
            If we aren’t a playoff team by the trade deadline, that is as much proof as any that he can’t carry this team.

  • hax

    Pressey’s contract becomes guaranteed this season if we don’t waive him by tonight.

  • Michelle Trybulec

    I’m surprised no one has compared K-Love to Chris Bosh, a fellow 20-10 guy from a bad team who did join forces with LeBron. Plenty to analyze there.

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