Celtics new roster in focus on Media Day

Celtics new roster in focus on Media Day
September 30, 2013, 10:45 am
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BOSTON -- Team Ubuntu looks more like Team "Who are You?" after the Boston Celtics underwent a major overhaul during the offseason which included the addition of rookie head coach Brad Stevens.

No Kevin Garnett.

No Paul Pierce.

No Rajon Rondo at the start of the season, at least.

Let's just say it's going to take a little time to get to know this team.

That process begins in earnest today with Media Day at the C's practice facility, and will continue with the first day of training camp at Salve Regina University in Newport, R.I. on Tuesday.

Regardless of who Stevens inherited, the challenge awaiting him and the C's this season was going to be great.

"To me, coaching is coaching," Stevens said. "I think that at the end of the day, it's about going into a situation and working with the right people and figuring out how to be successful."

Here's a list of the Celtics in training camp with guaranteed contracts as well as the four players on training camp deals that they hope to parlay into a season-long deal.

#30 Brandon Bass, 6-foot-8, 250 pounds, F (Louisiana State)
Fun fact: Has played in 140 games for Boston, second-longest tenure among current Celtics players.


#4 Keith Bogans, 6-5, 215, G-F (Kentucky)
Fun Fact: This is his eighth different team, six of which have been in the Eastern Conference.


#0 Avery Bradley, 6-2, 180, G (Texas)
Fun Fact: Welcomed into the world this summer his first child, Avery Bradley III, aka AB3


#12 MarShon Brooks, 6-5, 200, G/F (Providence)
Fun Fact: It wasn't until MarShon Brooks got to the NBA did folks begin to spell his name correctly. It's spelled MarShon (capital S), not Marshon.


#27 Jordan Crawford, 6-4, 195, G (Xavier)
Fun Fact: Averaged 4.4 assists per 36 minutes last season, tops among returning guards not named Rajon Rondo (10.5).


#38 Vitor Faverani, 6-11, 260, C (Brazil)
Fun Fact: He will be the first Celtics player to wear jersey number 38.


#8 Jeff Green, 6-9, 235, F, (Georgetown)
Fun fact: Last season, he shot 56 percent from the field in the final five minutes of games in which the scoring margin was within five points.


#43 Kris Humphries, 6-9, 235, F (Minnesota)
Fun fact: Still holds USA swimming record in 50-meter free style for boys 10-and-under, set in 1995.


#11 Courtney Lee, 6-5, 200, G (Western Kentucky)
Fun Fact: ESPN ranked Lee as the No. 224 player in the league, just ahead of Luke Ridnour and behind Marvin Williams.


#41 Kelly Olynyk, 7-0, 238, F (Gonzaga)
Fun fact: A 7-inch growth spurt in the 11th grade made him 6-foot-10 and more significant, moved him from the point into the frontcourt.


#26 Phil Pressey,  5-11, 175, G (Missouri)
Fun fact: A finalist last year for the Bob Cousy National Point Guard of the Year award.


#9 Rajon Rondo, 6-1, 186, G (Kentucky)
Fun fact: Needs 57 assists to become just the sixth Celtics player in franchise history with 4,000 or more assists.


#7 Jared Sullinger, 6-9, 260, F (Ohio State)
Fun fact:  As a rookie, Sullinger averaged 10.2 rebounds per 36 minutes played which was equal to New Orleans' Anthony Davis, the No. 1 overall pick.


#45 Gerald Wallace, 6-7, 220, F (Alabama)
Fun fact: Holds several franchise records in Charlotte, including points scored (7,437), minutes played (16,718) and games played (454).


Training camp invitees
Damen Bell-Holter, 6-9, 245, F/C (Oral Roberts)
Fun fact: His hometown of Hyada, Alaska has a population of less than 400 people.


Kammron Taylor, 6-2, 175, G (Wisconsin)
Fun fact: Has a striking resemblance to entertainer Chris Rock.


DeShawn Sims, 6-8, 225, F (Michigan)
Fun fact: A former D-League All-Star and Rookie of the Year with the Maine Red Claws in 2011.


Chris Baab, 6-5, 225, G  (Iowa State)
Fun fact: Made at least one 3-pointer in 57 of 67 games at Iowa State, was instrumental in the Cyclones leading the nation last season in 3-pointers made (9.9) per game.