Dionte Christmas works out deal to be in Celtic camp.
— Steve Bulpett (@SteveBHoop) July 22, 2012
As expected, the Celtics have signed Dionte Christmas to a contract that will bring him to training camp. The contract is partially guaranteed. From there, he can try to lock down one of the few roster spots that will be open going into the season.
A little about Christmas. First, he has an awesome last name that will give bloggers any number of great headlines. He is 6'5" tall with a 6'9" wingspan and 8'6" standing reach. He lead the A-10 in scoring for 3 consecutive seasons. He's the only player to accomplish that feat.
After leaving Temple, he has played overseas for the past 3 seasons. Last season in the Greek league, he averaged 18.6 points. 4.4 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.6 steals per game. He shot 57% from the field and 36% from beyond the arc.
Christmas made a big impression playing for the Celtics Summer League Team. He averaged 18.6 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 1.6 steals. He played under control and showed that he could play the point effectively as well as shoot the ball very well. He shot 50% from the field and 47% from beyond the arc. Here's some highlights from Christmas at Temple.
Christmas has gotten some big offers to play overseas but is determined to make it in the NBA. He earned a chance to try to win a roster spot with his play in Summer League. He played under control, made good decisions and shot the ball very well. If the Celtics didn't sign him another team would have. Glad we'll see some Christmas in September, and if he continues to play as he has been, it'll be Christmas all season.
And I'll leave you with Dionte's tweet as he continues to chase his dream of playing in the NBA.