The Celtics announced their Summer Leauge roster today. Some of the highlights include second-round pick Luke Harangody, this seasons late additions Tony Gaffney and Oliver Lafayette as well as the Celtics’ 2008 second round pick 7 foot Turkish center Semih Erden. Noticeably missing will be first round pick Avery Bradley who hurt his ankle during a workout about a week before the draft. Bradley will have surgey on the ankle and be out six to eight weeks.
A few interesting additions to the roster are Jaycee Carroll a sharpshooting guard out of Utah State and Ryan Wittman another sharpshooter from Cornell whose father is former NBA player and coach Randy Wittman. Carroll averaged over 20 points a game at Utah State in his final two seasons there. Last year he played for C.B. Gran Canaria 2014 in Spain. Against solid competion in Spain’s best leauge Carroll averaged almost 19 points a game while shooting 58% from the field 39% on threes and 84% from the free throw line. If Carroll could bring that outside shooting to the Celtics he would have a great chance at making the team. Ryan Wittman is another player who could possibly give himself a chance at making the team. Wittman is 6 foot 7 to Carroll’s 6 foot 2 and he also posseses a great jump shot. Wittman lead the Cornell Big Red to the Sweet Sixteen last year before they bowed out to Kentucky. Wittman averaged 17.5 points a game last season for the Big Red while shooting 47% from the field, 43% on threes, and 83% from the line. The Celtics jump-shooting and scoring problems have been well chronicled as they were 17th in the leauge in three point percentage last season and 16th in three pointers made. If either Wittman or Carroll can prove themselves athletic enough to compete in the NBA they could be vital additions to the team as shooters of the bench. While no one is expecting to find the next great superstar in the summer leauge it could be a huge help to the Celtics to be able to help fill their shooting void with a cheap player like Wittman or Carroll.
On the big man front things are a little more sparse. Harangody is a less athletic version of Big Baby, an impressive feat considering Big Baby is no super athlete himself. Tony Gaffney is a solid shot blocker who is a little too skiny to make much of an impact. It will be interesting to get a look at Erden as he is mostly unknown. Erden has played in his native Turkey for the past several years and hasn’t compiled any impressive statistics but he is a young player who is 7 feet tall and who has some experience playing against tough competition. One other interesting player the Celtics added to the summer leauge roster was Michigan’s Deshawn Simms. Simms is a 6 foot 8 combo player who drifts between the wing and the post. Simms averaged 17 points a game at Michigan last year while pulling down around 8 rebounds. For his career he shot around 70 % from the free throw line and 30% on threes. Simms showed a lot of athletic ability during his time at Michigan and he showed a real knack for scoring around the rim. If he can find a way to be more consistent with his jump shot Simms could have a place in the NBA and possibly even on the Celtics. A big thing to remember when wathcing the Summer Leauge this year is that the Celtics only have, including Paul Pierce and Avery Bradley, six players under contract for next season which means there are plenty of roster space to fill out even after the Celtics bring in a few free agents and possibly bring Ray Allen back.
You can take a look at the full roster here on ESPN. http://espn.go.com/blog/BostonCeltics/post/_/id/4675583/cs-announce-summer-league-roster.
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