C's summer league team doesn't lack experience

C's summer league team doesn't lack experience
July 4, 2014, 10:45 am
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ORLANDO, Fla. — The Celtics have something you rarely see on a summer league team - experience.

Of the 13 players on their summer league roster, four were on the Celtics' summer league team last year (Chris Babb, Colton Iverson, Kelly Olynyk and Phil Pressey) and a fifth, Chris Johnson, joined the Celtics midway through the season and parlayed that into a multi-year contract.

With so many familiar faces, one would expect the level of expectations to be somewhat different this time around.

Not so, says Celtics summer league coach Jay Larranaga.

"It's the same thing we talked about, starting to develop the habits that'll make us successful during the year," he said. "That's offensively, that's defensively, that's approach to the game, approach to practice. The players have done a great job so far of that."

Still, Larranaga views a truly successful summer league campaign the way most of us do.

"And I would like to win as well," he said.

Here's the Celtics' summer league roster, which will begin competing Saturday in Orlando (11 a.m. on Comcast SportsNet):

 

O.D. ANOSIKE

College: Siena

Height: 6-8

Weight: 240

Age: 23

Position: Forward/Center

Contract status: Rookie free agent

2013-2014 season: Appeared in 30 games for Victoria Libertas Pesaro in Italian Series A, averaging 14.3 points, 13.1 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 35.3 minutes per game. Also appeared in six games with Strousbourg in France, averaging 4.5 points, 3.3 rebounds in 19 minutes per game.

Bio: Shot better from the field (57.6 percent) than from the free throw line (55.7 percent) last season. ... Led nation in rebounding (12.5 per game) as a junior in 2012 ... His older sister Nicky plays for the WNBA's Minnesota Lynx and was the NCAA's Woman of the Year in 2008.


CHRIS BABB

College: Iowa State

Height: 6-5

Weight: 225

Age: 24

Position: Guard

Contract: Non-guaranteed contact for the 2014-2015 season.

2013-2014 season: In Boston, Babb averaged 1.6 points and 1.2 rebounds in 9.5 minutes per game. He appeared in 33 games for the Maine Red Claws of the NBA's Developmental League and averaged 12 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 3.4 assists in 37.5 minutes per game.

Bio: Was signed to a three-year deal on March 21 (each year not fully guaranteed) after inking a pair of 10-day contracts with the Celtics. ... appeared in five games with Boston during the 2013 preseason, averaging 3.2 points while shooting 44 percent on 3s. ... His father Mike played basketball at Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma.


DAIRIS BERTANS

Country: Latvia

Height: 6-4

Weight: 183

Age: 24

Position: Guard

Contract status: rookie free agent

2013-2014 season: Bertans played for Bilbao Basket of the Spanish LEB league where he averaged 10.3 points, 1.6 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game which included shooting 37.9 percent on 3s.

Bio: Is the older brother of David Bertans, a 2011 draft pick of the San Antonio Spurs. ... a longtime member of the Latvian national team, Bertans led the team to a bronze medal in the 2007 under-18 European championships in Spain. ... his nickname is the Latvian Rocket.

 

DANIEL COURSEY

College: Mercer

Height: 6-10

Weight: 220

Age: 22

Position: Forward/Center

Contract: rookie free agent

2013-2014 season: At Mercer, Coursey averaged 10.1 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.05 blocks per game.

Bio: Was the Atlantic Sun Conference Defensive Player of the Year. ... holds the school career mark for blocked shots with 207. ... was a pre-med major in college with plans to someday be a doctor.

 

COLTON IVERSON

College: Colorado State

Height: 7-0

Weight: 255

Age: 25

Position: Center

Contract: Unsigned rookie (rights acquired by Boston from Indiana which drafted Iverson in the second round, No. 53 overall, of the 2013 NBA draft)

2013-2014 season: Iverson played for Besiktas of the Turkish Basketball League where he averaged 6.2 points and 4.3 rebounds in 14.9 minutes per game while shooting 51.1 percent from the field.

Bio: Played for Boston's summer league team last year. ... transferred to Colorado State after playing three seasons at Minnesota. ... Father Chuck played at the University of South Dakota and was a fifth round draft pick of the Seattle Supersonics (now Oklahoma City Thunder).


EDWIN JACKSON

Country: ASVEL/France

Height: 6-3

Weight: 201

Age: 24

Position: Guard

Contract: Rookie free agent

2013-2014 season: Playing with ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket of the French ProA league, Jackson averaged 18 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game.

Bio: Early entrant in the 2010 NBA draft before withdrawing his name from consideration. ... was second-youngest player on the senior French team during the 2010 FIBA World Championships, a team comprised of current NBA players Boris Diaw, Nicolas Batum, Nando de Colo and Ian Mahinmi.

 

CHRIS JOHNSON

College: Dayton

Height: 6-6

Weight: 201

Age: 24

Position: Forward

Contract: Non-guaranteed contract for the 2014-2015 season

2013-2014: With the Celtics, Johnson averaged 6.3 points and 2.4 rebounds in 19.7 minutes per game. He also appeared in 20 games for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA Development League, averaging 19.4 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game.

Bio: After a pair of 10-day contracts with Boston following a D-League call-up, Johnson signed a four-year deal (each year non-guaranteed) with the Celtics. ... played his high school basketball in Columbus, Ohio, the hometown of Celtic forward Jared Sullinger, but was born in Orlando, Fla. ... led Dayton to an NIT Championship and was named tournament MVP as a sophomore.


MIKE MOSER

College: Oregon

Height: 6-8

Weight: 210

Age: 23

Position: Forward

Contract: Rookie free agent

2013-2014 season: As a senior, Moser averaged 13 points and 7.7 rebounds per game which included him closing out the regular season with four straight double-doubles.

Bio: Played for three different schools (UCLA, UNLV and Oregon) in five years, a tally that does not include Arizona which was the school he had originally committed to prior to Lute Olson retiring which is how he wound up at UCLA. ... In 2012, Moser was an AP honorable mention All-America at UNLV, the first Runnin' Rebels player since former Celtic Marcus Banks in 2003 to be so honored. ... He played briefly at UNLV with Anthony Bennett, the No. 1 overall pick in last year's NBA draft.


DEVIN OLIVER

College: Dayton

Height: 6-7

Weight: 225

Age: 22

Position: Forward

Contract: Rookie free agent

2013-2014 season: at Dayton, Oliver averaged 11.9 points and 7.4 rebounds per game while shooting 48 percent from the field.

Bio: As Dayton made its run towards the Elite Eight last spring, one of the more touching storylines involved Oliver and his sister Miya, who has Down syndrome. ... In high school, Oliver helped produce the winning video in a contest which led to President Barack Obama giving the commencement address at Oliver's high school graduation. ... played with current Celtic Chris Johnson while at Dayton.

 

KELLY OLYNYK

College: Gonzaga

Height: 7-0

Weight: 238

Age: 23

Position: Forward

Contract: Will earn $2.075 million this season.

2013-2014: In Boston, Olynyk averaged 8.7 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 20 minutes per game.

Bio: Was named to the NBA's all-rookie second team last season. ... played quarterback in high school, but a broken collarbone injury ended any dreams of being the next Tom Brady. ... left Gonzaga with a year of eligibility left, but still graduated with an accounting degree and a 3.53 grade point average


PHIL PRESSEY

College: Missouri

Height: 5-11

Weight: 175

Age: 23

Position: Guard

Contract: Non-guaranteed contract for the 2014-2015 season.

2013-2014: For Boston, Pressey averaged 2.8 points, 1.4 rebounds and 3.2 assists while averaging 15.1 minutes per game.

Bio: Signed with the Celtics shortly after going undrafted last year. ... Was the fifth-leading assists man last season among rookies. ... Attended Waltham (Mass.) High briefly when his father Paul was a Celtics assistant coach.


MARCUS SMART

College: Oklahoma State

Height: 6-4

Weight: 220

Age: 20

Position: Guard

Contract: As the No. 6 pick, will earn at least $2.73 million for 2014-2015 season.*

2013-2014: For the Cowboys, Smart averaged 18 points, 5.9 rebounds and 4.8 assists in addition to 2.9 steals per game.

Bio: He wears jersey number 36 for Boston because his first choices '3' and '6' are both retired. ... the youngest of four boys, Smart credits his older siblings for helping to "toughen him up" as a youth. ... was a roommate of fellow Celtic draft pick James Young at the pre-draft combine in Chicago in May.


JAMES YOUNG

College: Kentucky

Height: 6-6

Weight: 215

Age: 18

Position: Guard/Forward

Contract: As the No. 17 pick, Young will earn at least $1.395 million for the 2014-2015 season.*

2013-2014: For the Wildcats, Young averaged 14.3 points and 4.3 rebounds per game.

Bio: Has sore neck injury from a car accident last month that prevented him from working out for some teams in addition to keeping him sidelined since become a Celtic. ... Had 82 made 3s at Kentucky, the second-most by a UK freshman. ... Would like to model his game after Tracy McGrady


*Teams can pay up to an additional 20 percent of the rookie scale salary and typically do. That means Smart and Young will most likely earn $3.28 and $1.674 million, respectively, in their rookie seasons.