Boston Celtics Camp Invitees’ Chances of Making 2014-15 Roster – Bleacher Report
Can Dwight Powell beat out someone like Vitor Faverani (background) for a Celtics roster spot?
While NBA training camp may seem like a mere formality to seasoned veterans and first-round draft picks, it means everything to fringe players battling for roster spots.
Occasionally, a training camp invitee may be so impressive that he ends up making the team, but, of course, the glass is normally half-empty rather than half-full for these scrappers.
The Boston Celtics will be inviting five extra players to camp this autumn, but with the roster already looking full as it is, it is going to be incredibly difficult for any of them to convince head coach Brad Stevens to leave a slot open for them.
However, that does not mean we cannot break down which guys have the best chance of making their dreams come true.
Is there a glimmer of hope for any of these five players without a permanent home?
Christian Watford may be the most interesting candidate out of this group.
A 6’9″ undrafted forward, Watford displayed the ability to stretch the floor during his four years at Indiana University, particularly in his senior season when he shot the three-ball at a 48 percent clip. Taking into consideration the fact that the Celtics ranked 28th in that category in 2013-14, it would seem like the former Hoosier would be a natural fit.
Watford, who played professional ball in Israel last year, was a steady contributor for Indiana, averaging at least 12 points per game each season (his best was 16 points per game in his sophomore campaign).
It was a bit surprising that the 23-year-old did not hear his name called during the 2013 draft. After …read more