The Celtics were very close to winning another NBA Championship last season, but came up just short. They added the best player available in the first round with Avery Bradley (G Texas). Unfortunately, Bradley won’t be playing as he suffered an injury during the workout process.
However, the team is not short of rookies on their summer league squad as they brought in: Rodney Green (G LaSalle), Luke Harangody (F Notre Dame), Matt Janning (G Northeastern), Art Parakhouski (C Radford), DeShawn Sims (F Michigan), Ryan Thompson (G Rider), and Ryan Wittman (F Cornell).
Rodney Green is a do-it-all wing, but lacks the athleticism to make it in the NBA. Harangody is a household name, and was one of the most productive college players in recent memory, however his skills don’t translate to the NBA. Matt Janning is a player from nearby Northeastern who will get a chance to show that his scoring translates at the NBA level. Art Parkhouski is a big man that has upside, despite playing four years with Radford, we covered him earlier. DeShawn Sims is a versatile forward that had impressive numbers at Portsmouth and will look to keep scouts impressed. Ryan Thompson is probably best known as Jason Thompson’s brother, but after this summer league hopefully he’ll be known as the versatile combo-guard that he is. Finally, there’s Ryan Wittman, a fantastic shooter from Cornell that rode a wave of hype in the NCAA Tournament and hopes it results in a roster spot.
Oklahoma City is probably the most fun team in the NBA, and nearly all of them are in Orlando. Cole Aldrich (C Kansas) was picked 11th by the Hornets and the Thunder gave up two later first round picks for him. Obviously he’s a part of their future, and he’ll be on full display in Orlando. Their other rookies have a bit moreof an uncertain future.
Ryan Reid (C Florida State) was the surprise of the 2010 NBA Draft. No one expected to hear his name called, but he was selected in the second round and now finds himself fighting for a roster spot with the Thunder. Latavious Williams (F D-League) is the first player to skip college in favor of the D-League and then be drafted in his first year eligible. If Williams makes the Thunder’s roster it could create a new option for players who don’t think college is for them.
For our interview with DeShawn Sims click here.
For our interview with Ryan Thompson click here.
Prediction: Oklahoma City over Boston