Ridiculous Upside took a look at the Celtics 2010 summer league team roster. I wanted to revisit those names.
Art(siom) Parakhouski - A two-time Big South player of the year for Radford who led the NCAA Division I in rebounding his senior year, the Belarusian 6'11" center played for VEF Riga, which won the Latvian Basketball League and was the runner-up to Arvidas Sabonis' old team BC Zalgiris in the Baltic Basketball League. He was the team's leading scorer in 2010-2011 Baltic League play at 15.2 ppg while splitting center minutes with Kaspars Berzins.
Vyacheslav Kravtsov - The Ukrainian 7-footer moved from BC Kiev to BC Donetsk for the 2010-2011 season. He scored 10.8 ppg and had 4.8 rpg in 21.2 mpg while his 1.8 blocks per game were second in the league.
DeShawn Sims - The undrafted player played three games for PAOK BC in Greece (turning down a Celtics training camp invitation to do so) before returning to the U.S. (supposedly due to homesickness) and signing with Celtics D-League affiliate Maine Red Claws, where his 20.3 ppg (good for fourth in the league) and 7.7 rpg earned him D-League Rookie of the Year honors.
Ryan Wittman - The son of former Cavs and T-Wolves head coach Randy Wittman (he got to play around in pick-up games with Kevin Garnett in Minnesota), he was a smart but un-athletic small forward who played his college ball at Cornell. The Fort Wayne Mad Ants picked up the former Ivy League Player of the Year in February to replace Wayne Chism. He played in 21 D-League games, scorring 7.1 mpg in 18.3 mpg in 21 games. He did lead the team with a 46.3% 3-point shooting mark, as 80 of the 119 shots he took were from beyond the arc. In the spring of 2010, he did sign a short contract to replace the injured Daniel Fitzgerald on Switzerland's SAM Massagno for their playoffs.
Ryan Thompson - The wing out of Rider and younger brother of Sacramento's Jason Thompson was one of the final cuts by the Jazz in training camp, alongside Sundiata Gaines and Othyss Jeffers, two guys who received call-ups to the NBA. He played 42 games for the Utah Flash, starting 8 and scored 11 ppg in 24.5 mpg.
Jaycee "Boom Boom" Carroll - The owner of the fourth-best 3-point percentage in NCAA history and Utah State's all-time scoring leader, he went undrafted in 2008 as a skinny 6'2" shooting guard who can't play point guard. He played a year for Italy's Teramo before moving on to Spain's CB Gran Canaria. At 18.8 and 19.3 ppg, he was the leading scorer in the past two seasons of Spain's Liga ACB, widely considered to tbe the best league outside the NBA.
Rodney Green - Hypothetically a combo guard who can play small forward, Green played four years at La Salle. He signed with the Israeli team Hapoel Gilboa Galil, scoring 12.2 ppg in 25.6 mpg. He moved mid-season to Ironi Ashkelon after being upset about losing minutes to Courtney Fells.
Matt Janning - The undrafted combo guard out of Northeastern received a contract from the Phoenix Suns, but was waived without playing a minute in November because Hedo Turkoglu could serve as a ball-handler. He signed with the Maine Red Claws, but was traded to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in January for wing Antonio Anderson.
Tony Gaffney - The Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Year for 2008-2009 at UMass was the last player cut by the Lakers in 2009. After spending time with Israel's Hapoel Gilboa Galil, he returned to the U.S. to treat an injured foot. The Celtics took a flyer on him as a roster filler towards the end of the season, but cut him just before the first game. He signed with Türk Telekom B.K., but negotiated a buy-out when the team went with new management and a new coach. He signed with the Utah Flash of the D-League, scoring 10.5 ppg while earning a spot on the D-League's All-Defensive team.
Oliver Lafayette - Signed at the end of the 2009-2010 season alongside Gaffney, the former Houston Cougar was let go before training camp so he would have a chance to sign with another team, given that Avery Bradley was drafted, Delonte West was signed, and Nate Robinson was brought back. He played with the Erie BayHawks and Fort Wayne Mad Ants before his Celtics sting. He signed with KK Partizan Belgrade of the Serbian league, but was replaced by Curtis Jerells. Through six Euroleague games, he scored 8.5 ppg on a miserable 22.0 fg%. He returned to the Mad Ants before Besiktas ColaTurka Istanbul bought out his D-League contract in February so that he could replace the injured Allen Iverson. That transaction was cancelled, however, after he failed his physical. He was later signed by Maccabi Ashdod of the Israeli league.
Erden played well enough that no was wondering where Parakhousi and Kravtsov were during the regular season. Sims, Janning, and Gaffney strike me as guys who could be useful to the Celtics, especially Gaffney. The rest don't particularly interest me.