The Celtics are still considering adding a point guard with the 15th roster spot.
58th draft pick Lester Hudson will get a training camp look, as will former Celtic Dan Dickau. Marc Spears also mentions Celtic interest in Tyronn Lue and Mike Taylor.
Of the group, Tyronn Lue is the experienced veteran and a good friend of Kevin Garnett’s. The surprise invitee is Dan Dickau. He will be 31 in September, but played a bit overseas last season.
Dan has been an interesting player to watch, if only for his ability to stay in the NBA for so long. In six years he played for six different teams, one of them twice (Portland), and landed with the Boston Celtics in 2005-6, but played only 19 games after sustaining injury.
He wasn’t able to recreate his college success at the pro level and his NBA career was close to flat lining after New Orleans received him in a trade with Dallas. Coincidentally, Dickau was traded from the Mavericks along with a second round draft pick in 2005 for Darrell Armstrong. That pick turned out to be 7′ 0″ Marcin Gortat, the Polish Hammer, and the man in demand this off season after backing up Dwight Howard so well this past year.
For some reason, Coach Byron Scott decided to keep Dickau and give him a real chance to play. Playing in 67 games, starting 45 of them, Dan averaged 31 minutes a game (more than double what he was able to earn anywhere else) and proved to be surprisingly productive. He averaged 13.2 points and 5.2 assists for a dysfunctional Hornets team that won just 18 games that year.
It was the year the unhappy Baron Davis was traded to Golden State after 18 games. It was an interesting team with Chris ‘Birdman’ Anderson (drug issues), 19 yr old JR Smith (attitude issues), Lonnie Baxter (later arrested for firing gun shots near the White House – ’06), Lee Nailon (attitude issues), among others. Having good guys like Darrell Armstrong and P.J. Brown just wasn’t enough to offset a toxic season.
But it did help Dickau resurrect his career. Dan was traded in that off season (’05) to the Celtics, but was never able to duplicate the success he had that season in New Orleans. A main drawback is that Dickau has a poor defensive reputation at the pro level. The Celtics’ defense has improved just a bit since he last put on a green jersey. If someone gets by him now, they run into big trouble.
He gets a chance to play twice for another NBA team, and if he makes the Celtics….what a team he will experience.
6′ 2″, 23 year old Mike Taylor was a rookie for the Clippers last season. He played in just 51 games for them and averaged 5.7 points and 2.1 assists in 15 minutes. On his best night, Mike scored 35 points in one game against the Knicks and followed that up with 23 more against the Kings the following game.
He started 5 games and averaged 11 pts with 3.2 assist in 28 minutes in those games. After the All Star break, in 18 minutes he averaged 7.7 points and 2.4 assists in 27 games for the Clips, while shooting 39% from the arc. He only weighs 165 lbs. I haven’t really watched him play much, so I can’t offer too much more than that.
An Iowa State player, Taylor played for the Iowa Stampede of the NBA Development League before being drafted by the Portland Trailblazers.
This could be a battle of late second round draft picks as Taylor was the 55th pick in ’08, and Hudson is the 58th pick in ’09.
Lester Hudson is solidly built and has been suggested as a potential poor man’s Nate Robinson by one writer.
Only after seeing each of the above players play will I be able to make a more informed judgment on them.
On a side note: Kevin Garnett is working out at Healthpoint center, though he isn’t able to play yet.