The entire Boston Celtics' team finally got to shoot some hoops with each other this week, as training camp began on Tuesday. The team has been meeting in Newport, Rhode Island for the last few days, where camp is taking place. After today, the team will head back to their usual practice facility in Waltham to continue preparing for the upcoming NBA season.
Every year at training camp, teams bring in some unfamiliar faces to compete for final roster spots. Recently, we saw this happening in Cleveland when a photo of the Cavaliers popped up, with none other than Kendrick Perkins standing in the background. He had signed a non-guaranteed deal with the Cavs, so that he could attend camp and potentially find a permanent role with the team, but after the Dwyane Wade signing, that seems unlikely.
As for the Celtics, there are really no big surprises on this roster. Danny Ainge didn't bring in any veterans to camp, and instead, he signed a few more rookies to non-guaranteed deals to see what they could bring to the table.
Look at all of those rookies! Eleven of the twenty players at camp are first year players, meaning that over half of the squad has never before played in an NBA contest. But again, that's really no surprise, as Danny recently explained his rationale in not filling that final, 15th roster spot with an NBA veteran, who could potentially help the team, but would ultimately just be taking minutes away from some of the young guys who are ready to see some floor-time.
A lot of these rooks are guys that will make the final cut. We saw them play in the NBA Summer League, and have been discussing their potentials all off-season. I'm talking about Jayson Tatum, Guerschon Yabusele, Semi Ojeleye, Daniel Theis, and Abdel Nader. But there are some names on this roster that you may not recognize.
L.J. Peak and Andrew White were signed to partially-guaranteed deals a few months ago. That leaves two other rookies, who were brought to Newport on non-guaranteed, training camp deals.
Devin Williams (West Virginia) and Jonathan Holmes (Texas) have been added to #Celtics camp roster. Holmes played for BOS summer team in '15
Devin Williams played in eight games in the NBA G-League last year for the Greensboro Swarm, the Charlotte Hornets' affiliate team. He saw an average of eight minutes per night, and put up 2.9 points and 3.3 rebounds per appearance. He's a West Virginia product, and as a junior in 2016, he averaged 13.3 points and 9.5 rebounds over 25 minutes per game. He declared for the NBA Draft in 2016, forgoing his senior season.
Jonathon Holmes had a bigger impact in the G-League last season, where he averaged 12.8 points and 6.5 rebounds per game for the Cav's affiliate, the Canton Charge. In 2015, Holmes played for the Celtics' G-League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws, where he averaged ten points and five rebounds. At the University of Texas, Holmes used all four years of his eligibility, and as a junior was named the team's MVP.
Chances are that neither of these new additions will claim that 15th roster spot.