Saturday, July 6, 2013
C's set Summer League roster
By Chris Forsberg
ORLANDO -- Greetings from the Sunshine State, where the weather is improbably more bearable than back home. The Boston Celtics are in the midst of three days of practice in advance of Sunday's start of the Orlando Summer League. On Friday, the team officially unveiled its summer roster:
Recent draft picks Kelly Olynyk (13th) and Colton Iverson (53rd) top the watch list in Orlando, along with one of 2012's first-round picks in Fab Melo (a chance to see how much he has progressed since we saw an extremely raw Melo here a year ago). But here are a few more names to keep an eye on:
* Missouri’s Phil Pressey has some Boston ties (his father, Paul, coached on Doc Rivers’ staff early in his Celtics tenure) and the team was clearly looking at him potentially sliding through the draft. With a need for backup ballhandling, Pressey could at least earn himself a training camp invite with solid play in Orlando.
* After going undrafted in 2012, Tony Mitchell made his mark in the D-League this past season, averaging 21.9 points per game for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants while earning the D-League Rookie of the Year honor (he also won the 2013 D-League dunk contest and landed on the D-League's All-Development first team).
* Nolan Smith, the 21st pick in the 2011 draft, appeared in 84 games over the past two seasons in Portland. New Celtics coach Brad Stevens is plenty familiar with the 6-foot-2 shooting guard after he propelled Duke to victory in the 2010 NCAA title game. ... Darius Johnson-Odom appeared in four games for the Lakers last season and averaged 21 points per game in 13 appearances in the D-League.