Jabari Bird is off to a great start with the Maine Red Claws
Boston Celtics 2-way player Jabari Bird has been the guy so far for the Maine Red Claws. Through two games Bird is leading the Celtics' farm team in both scoring and rebounds at 24 and 9.5 per game respectively. The 6'6 swingman out of Cal, and former college teammate of Jaylen Brown, has been putting on a show in the G-League.
Former #2 overall draft pick Emeka Okafor, in the midst of an NBA comeback playing with the G-League's Delaware 87ers, found out the hard way that Bird can really fly:
It's also worth noting that the Celtics have been keeping close tabs on Bird, as he's been traveling (and sometimes playing) with the big club as often as he can between playing with the Red Claws. He was even with the C's last night in Atlanta for the matchup against the Hawks:
Bird already looks like he can at least compete at the NBA level should the C's need him down the line, so it's likely they want to keep him around the team as much as possible just in case. He played four years of college ball and at 23 years old his game is more matured than most rookies, and as we know, coach Brad Stevens loves long, athletic wings who can play defense. Which makes Bird an ideal Celtic, beyond just the name on the back of his jersey.