Just when you thought three point guards was enough, the Boston Celtics have added yet another floor general into the mix.
— Penn State Hoops (@PennStateMBB) August 19, 2014
Former Penn State standout Tim Frazier, who went Third Team All-Big Ten during the 2013-2014 season, reportedly signed a training camp deal with the C’s Monday night. Frazier, a speedy 6-foot-1 point guard, left PSU’s program as the school’s all-time leader in assists. Though his contract is not guaranteed, he will still get the chance to battle it out with several talents striving for a roster spot. With the depth chart already jammed beyond belief, it was odd to see yet another guard put into the equation.
Making the C’s 2014-2015 roster is a longshot, but Frazier will undoubtedly still get to play in the team’s system. The prospect could be opted to the Celtics’ D-League affiliated, the Maine Redclaws, after training camp ends. Boston is able to ship a grand total of 4 players, from their camp roster, to Maine once the regular season is on the horizon. The NBA Development League would be a great start for the youthful, unpolished talent.
It’s starting to look like Danny Ainge has a thing for guards who struggle shooting the ball (as weird as that may sound). Rajon Rondo, Avery Bradley, and Phil Pressey all share the same weakness, as does the team’s latest newcomer. Frazier has tremendous upside, which could partially be attributed to the 24-year-old’s ability to be an offensive threat while lacking a consistent jumper. He can also command the fast break, finish at the rim, pass efficiently, and break the opposing defense down with his skillful dribbling. Frazier finished his fifth and final season with the Nittany Lions averaging 14.9 points, 5.4 assists, 4.4 rebounds, and 1.6 steals per game.
During his 2012-2013 senior season, Frazier ruptured his left achilles’ tendon four games in. He was later granted a medical redshirt to compete with the school during their 2013-2014 campaign. Several NBA teams worked out him out prior to the June 26 draft.
Remember; signing bodies in the late summer weeks is rather common. You always will need a few extra pieces for training camp. Having Pressey and Frazier go head-to-head during camp (as backup point guards) would be ideal, as Rondo and Smart would battle it out being the two primary options. Guards are pretty much set for the regular season (unless a trade unfolds), and having Frazier compete in the D-League after training camp would be the team’s best option.
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