Jonathan Gibson is the next man up for the Boston Celtics. He will become the 19th player on the Celtics roster in a season that has Boston cursing the injury Gods.
Gibson, 30, spent this season in China, after limited action (17 games, 231 minutes) for the Dallas Mavericks in 2016-2017. As a Mav, he did toss in 26 points in a game against the Orlando Magic. But he couldn’t find the shooting stroke other than in flashes.
In Dallas, he wasn’t afraid to shoot: usage rate, 26 percent. He just didn’t connect enough, with a true-shooting percentage of .492, well below the league average for shooting guards.
Gibson went undrafted in 2010 after averaging 17.5 points per game his senior year at New Mexico State. He played in China for several years, but got some attention for his play on the Mavs 2016 summer squad. DraftExpress, in fact, ranked him the #5 performer after that summer in Vegas.
“Gibson has a quick release, deep range, and comfortable shooting from deep off the dribble or in catch and shoot situations,” they wrote. “He is not afraid to let it fly if he has any space or if his defender tries to duck under a screen. He shot 41% on 431 attempts from deep last year in China and finished fourth in Las Vegas in 3 pointers made per game at 2.8.”
Celtics playoff roster
And wait, there’s more bad news.
As if the fates hadn’t inflicted enough, it appaers Gibson won’t be able to join the won’t be eligible for the Celtics playoff roster. (Neither will Jabari Bird or Kadeem Allen; all three are on “two-way contracts.”)
Pending word from the NBA, it’s not clear Boston will be able to suit up 12 men come April 14.
Now that is adding insult to injury.