|Posted by shawn cassidy on October 11, 2013 at 5:20 AM|
Babb may very well be a one-hit wonder, but what if he produces another preseason gem like he did against the Knicks? So what about "Babb", can he make this team? Not likely, but again, what if he repeats this stat line of 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting, with a crazy +/- of +20 in just eight minutes of floor time. Danny won't pay the luxury tax for Babb, and if he continues to out play the likes of Lee and Bogans, then everything is wrong with the world.His defense was spot on also, so that's hard to forget.
The odds are highly stacked against Babb. The odds of Babb having a game like Wednesday night is unlikley also.
Boston has an open roster spot with only 14 guaranteed contracts, but it's so close to the luxury-tax line that Babb would really have to impress to earn that final roster berth. While a better payday could await overseas (if no other NBA team is intrigued by his talents), he could give himself a chance to stick with the Celtics organization if he was willing to ink a low-money, D-League deal and get assigned to the Maine Red Claws as an affiliated player.
Celtics coach Brad Stevens wasn't surprised by Babb's outburst.
“Chris Babb has been one of the best workers, had one of the best attitudes, and been one of the best teammates in there from Day 1," Stevens said. "So it's not a shock at all that he went in and did what he did. We have been huge fans of his since he walked in the building."
Babb said Stevens has been in his ear about staying ready and waiting for a chance to prove himself.
"Coach took me aside a couple days ago and told me to keep a positive attitude and my time would come," Babb said. "A lot of the veteran guys told me the same thing, just say positive and when I get in there, be aggressive. My first shot fell and it just kept falling."
I'm rooting for this guy.