This column is part one of a two part series. Part one (this article) will present information on the 2017 “rookies” for the Celtics. Part two (next week) will look through an analytical lens on how these rookies are doing and what they are adding to the team.
The first notable “real rookie” is Jayson Tatum (aka my dream boyfriend). He was the 3rd pick by Boston in the 2017 NBA Draft. Technically speaking, he was the Celtic’s first pick, after a whole bunch of mumbo jumbo trade stuff with the 76ers. He came from Duke. In my opinion (and my boyfriend Anthony’s opinion, and everyone is Boston’s opinion) Jayson could be and should be rookie of the year but he’s actually on a good team unlike the other rookies in the running so his stats don’t shine as brightly. It is also crucial to note that he was born in 1998 so he is 19 and has a lot more time in the league.
The second notable “real rookie” is Semi Ojeleye, who was drafted 37th overall by Boston in the 2017 NBA Draft. He came from SMU (Southern Methodist). He actually is a little older than the ’98 born rookies this year at 22. We have the same birthday in 9 days! (December 5th)
Two Way Contract “Rookies”
This two-way contract basically means that these players are active in the Gatorade League aka the NBA developmental league aka the Maine Red Claws AND in the NBA. They are assigned two way contracts.
Jabari Bird was the 56th pick by Boston in the 2017 NBA Draft from The University of California-Berkeley.
Kadeem Allen was the 53rd pick by Boston in the 2017 NBA Draft from The University of Arizona.
Second Time Around “Rookie”/ In a Whole Other League (Literally)
Abdel Nader was drafted 58th by Boston in 2016 from Iowa State. He was signed to the developmental league. So, technically, his first minutes played in the NBA this year make him a technical rookie. Before the NBA in the D league, he was named Rookie of the Year.
Guerschon Yabusele was the 16th pick by Boston in 2016 but he was sent to play in Rome at the Spo Rouen Basket Pro Club. The 21 year old is falling out of the rotation as the Celtics solidify their game.
Daniel Theis was undrafted in the 2013 NBA draft. His pre NBA career started in Germany where he was originally from. He played with his older brother, Frank from 2010 to 2012, then he signed with the Brose Baskets in Germany and won three straight German league Championships. He was awarded the Basketball Bundesliga Best Defender in Germany. He was signed as free agent by Celtics in 2017.
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Nina is a 20 year old college student from Massachusetts. She loved playing and analyzing sports her whole life and is an avid fantasy football and basketball player. Nina is also the captain of the Lesley University Lynx Cheer team. Her favorite teams are the Patriots and Celtics and wherever Aaron Rodgers and Kelly Olynk are playing!