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Boston Celtics Should Consider Signing Dionte Christmas

MIAMI - MARCH 20:  Guard Dionte Christmas #22 (R) of the Temple Owls steals the ball from guard Ty Abbott #3 of the Arizona State Sun Devils during the first round of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at the American Airlines Arena on March 20, 2009 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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Patrick BusconeSenior Analyst IJuly 18, 2012

Everyone loves Christmas. It's a great holiday filled with presents and family time. Pretty soon, every Celtics fan may love Dionte Christmas almost as much as the holiday itself. Like the holiday, there is a lot to like about Dionte Christmas. 

The 24 year old has decent size for shooting guard at 6'5" and plays even bigger than that. With his tenacity on defense he doesn't mind guarding either the two or the three. He seems to take pride in his defense and that is something that the Celtics absolutely value (see Kevin Garnett and Avery Bradley). 

It isn't necessarily his defense that is catching our attention the most though. He is consistently making an impact in all areas of the game, including scoring. So far in the Vegas Summer League, Christmas has averaged 14.5 points, four rebounds and 1.5 assists per game. 

He's no stranger to these types of numbers either. In fact, he absolutely tore it up during his four years at Temple. For his final three years in college, he recorded about 20 points, two assists and five rebounds every game. 

Despite these numbers, Christmas went undrafted in 2009. Since then, he has played overseas and in a few Summer Leagues for different teams. 

With the exception of an incredibly brief stint with the Philadelphia 76ers, Christmas has never had a real opportunity to play in the NBA. He wants to change that. 

So far, he is really doing all he can in the Celtics Summer League to make a good impression. He is a man playing for a job and that shows in his hustle and tenacity. 

His play during Summer League will likely earn him an invitation to the Celtics training camp. At that point, he will have to continue what he is doing to earn a roster spot. 

If he can continue to play like he has through the rest of Summer League and during the Celtics training camp, then expect to see him in Celtic green next season.

And who knows, with the talent this kid has, maybe a Celtics Christmas jersey will be a popular Christmas gift a few years from now. 

Maybe I'm getting ahead of myself though. For now, he has made a good an impression as anyone and it could land him a job with the Celtics.

I'll wait until they actually sign him before I make any more bold predictions.

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