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The Celtics on Tuesday announced their roster for the Orlando Summer League, which will take place on July 5-11 at the Magic’s Amway Center with 10 teams participating. The Celtics have traditionally taken part in this event rather than in the 24-team NBA Summer League, which will tip off July 11 in Las Vegas. Teams are made up of players with no more than three years of NBA experience, plus roster invitees.
This year’s edition will feature the Celtics debuts of their two recent draftees, point guard Marcus Smart and shooting guard James Young, who will get their first action together with four of their Boston teammates: last year’s first-round pick, center Kelly Olynyk; undrafted rookie PG Phil Pressey; and SG Chris Babb and small forward Chris Johnson, who joined the C’s mid-season on 10-day contracts before receiving extensions.
Also suiting up for Boston will be center Colton Iverson, a second-round Draft selection last year who spent the 2013-14 season in Turkey and has expressed his desire to make the Celtics roster this time around. Attempting to follow in the footsteps of Pressey, who earned a contract after playing for the C’s in Orlando last summer, will be three undrafted players: power forwards Daniel Coursey of Mercer (10.1 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game last season) and Mike Moser of Oregon (13.2 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 1.1 steals per game), and Dayton SF Devin Oliver (11.9 ppg, 7.4 rpg).
To round out the roster, the Celtics brought in three players from Europe. PF O. D. Anosike went undrafted out of Siena in 2013 and spent last season with Victoria Libertas Pesaro in Italy and Strasbourg IG in France. Shooting guard Dairis Bertāns is a 24-year-old Latvian, currently under contract to Spain’s Bilbao Basket. Finally, Edwin Jackson is a French guard who plays for ASVEL Basket, the team of which the Spurs’ Tony Parker owns a 20% stake.
The League will follow the format that was introduced last year: teams will play four scheduled games, and then a fifth on “championship day”, where the matchups will be determined by the record and point differential from the first four. The Celtics’ schedule is as follows:
July 5: vs. MIA, 11 am
July 7: vs IND, 3 pm
July 9: vs DET, 7 pm
July 10: vs ORL, 5 pm
July 11: Championship Day