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The Celtics dropped their first game of the Orlando summer league game today to the Magic, 95-88. The Celtics recent first round pick, Kelly Olynyk, led all scorers in the game with 25 points on a stellar, 9-for-12 shooting performance. The Celtics will play at least three more games this week in Orlando.
The Celtics’ 13-man roster is highlighted by three bigs, second-year center Fab Melo and rookies Olynyk and Colton Iverson, along with undrafted free agent Phil Pressey. The nine invitees are a mix of international players, NBA veterans and undrafted college players hoping to make an NBA roster for the 2013-14 season. Let’s take a look at four of the more notable players who will be representing the Celtics in Orlando:
Jayson Granger, PG: A native of Uruguay, the 23-year-old Granger has played most of his professional career with CB Estudiantes in Spain. In 2012-13, he started all 34 games for his team, and averaged 11 points on 43.5 percent shooting, 3.4 assists and 3.3 rebounds in 25.9 minutes per game. Last summer, he led Uruguay to a third place finish in the South American Basketball Championship in Argentina.
Darius Johnson-Odom, SG: A second-round pick out of Marquette by the Mavericks in last year’s Draft, Johnson-Odom was quickly flipped to the Lakers but only appeared in four games for them. He spent most of the early part of the season in the D-League, where he averaged 20.6 points, 5.3 assists and 5 rebounds before being waived in January. He went overseas after that, and finished the season with BC Spartak Saint Petersburg, which finished in third place in the Russian Professional Basketball League and reached the quarterfinals in Eurocup Basketball.
Tony Mitchell, SF: Not to be confused with the Pistons’ rookie of the same name, Mitchell went undrafted last year out of Alabama, after he was dismissed for conduct detrimental to his collegiate team during his junior season. He was picked up by the D-League’s Fort Wayne Mad Ants, and averaged 21.9 points and 6.4 rebounds, and earned the D-League Rookie of the Year award and an All-D-League First Team nod. He also won the D-League’s dunk contest during All-Star Weekend.
Nolan Smith, G: The ACC Player of the Year and a first-team All-American in 2011 at Duke, Smith was drafted by the Trail Blazers in the first round in 2011. After playing 44 games as a rookie, he suffered a concussion in last year’s Summer League, and had a diminished role in Portland last season. Smith averaged just 7.2 minutes in 40 games in 2012-13. Now a free agent, he’ll hope to boost his chances at a new NBA contract with a strong performance in Orlando.
Celtics 2013 Orlando Summer League schedule:
Sunday, July 7: vs. Orlando, L 88-95
Monday, July 8: vs. Detroit, 3 pm
Tuesday, July 9: vs. Indiana, 11 am
Wednesday, July 10: vs. Houston, 3 pm
Friday, July 12: “Championship Day”, matchups TBD