Every day, I feel myself pulling for Dionte Christmas more and more. Above is this morning's tweet from Dionte. He's been playing basketball in Philly tournaments this summer and his teams have won both of those tournaments. Dionte was named the MVP of the Rumph Classic tournament. He's also been working hard at Temple with his trainer, Chuck Ellis.
"I go through a heavy routine I go through every day. I work out, just trying to keep my body right, just trying to stay in shape for camp," Christmas explained. "Going into camp, you definitely have to be in shape. I know with our vets, they're not going to have that from the young guys. With [Kevin Garnett], Paul [Pierce], Jason [Terry], [Rajon] Rondo, all those guys, I know they're not really going to have too much slack from the young guys, so we've got to be in tip-top shape and get ready to run with those guys."
And then there's this tweet from his trainer. The rookies just completed the NBA's Rookie Transition Program in New York this week and apparently Dionte is just an all around great guy judging by this tweet.
Big S/o to my man @dchristmas22 for earning MVP of the Rookie Transition Camp. it was no Bball involvd, it dealt wit off da court situations
— Coach Ellis(@Chuck_Ellis) August 21, 2012
Dionte is definitely a guy I'll be pulling for. At 6'5" he has a chance to make the team as a versatile player who can play 3 positions: point guard, shooting guard, and small forward. His eagerness and work ethic and drive will be great to push everyone in camp at those positions to up their game. Everything I hear about this kid makes me really like him and I hope he gets the chance to prove what he can do in camp.
Before this season is over, I think we'll "all" see just how important a find Christmas has been for us this year. His talent, size, strength and versatility will mean more to us than I think we know rigth now.
I remember a post I made a few seasons back where I was debating how many MPGs baby would get. A reader said a better way to look at it was how many minutes he'd get over the course of a season, and of those minutes, how many of those would be meaningful opportunities to earn more PT.