We’re profiling every player on the Celtics roster before training camp begins. Today it’s Dionte Christmas.
6-feet-5-inches, 205 pounds, 25-years-old
Strengths: Christmas can light it up, at least against weak competition. In the summer league he averaged 14.2 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 2.2 assists per game. He shot 47.9 percent from the field and 45 percent from the 3-point line. He’s got the size to play the two-spot in the NBA.
Room to improve: Everywhere. Undrafted after playing four years at Temple, Christmas spent time in Europe before giving the NBA a shot. Consistency is the key to keeping an NBA job. Christmas has to be efficient and find a role, whether that’s as a shooter or a defensive stopper or something else.
Outlook: I won’t give specific projections for Christmas because he may not play much and he may spend some time in the D-League. Christmas has a chance to make the roster with strong play, but he has only a partially guaranteed contract and will need to play well to do so. He’s the kind of player that’s great to have in training camp, as he is truly competing for something. That atmosphere should make everyone on the team better.