Former Michigan forward DeShawn Sims will be a member of the Boston Celtics training camp roster this coming October. The 25-year-old first announced he was signing with the team from his Twitter page.
For everyone that is asking about my basketball future I will be attend Vet Camp and Starting this season with the Celtics!— Deshawn Sims (@Peedi3416) August 26, 2013
Sims is a 6'8" forward that went undrafted in the 2010 NBA Draft. That year he played with the Celtics for four games in the Orlando Summer League before signing with the Maine Red Claws later that year. He ended up winning the 2011 NBA Development League Rookie of the Year, averaging 20.3 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 13 double doubles. Coached by Danny Ainge's son, Austin, it becomes apparent that the Celtics have been interested in Sims' career for quite a while now.
Since the 2011-2011 season, Sims has played with in South Korea, Puerto Rico, and most recently in Lebanon, where he averaged 22.5 points and 8.3 rebounds per game.
Interestingly, CSNNE's A. Sherrod Blakely says that Sims was originally supposed to sign on with the C's summer league squad, but didn't for some reason. Regardless, he's signed with an NBA team now and will have another chance to make the league.
From watching only a limited amount of footage available of Sims, he appears to be a highly athletic stretch forward. He spends a lot of time on the perimeter, where he attempted 154-three pointers, hitting 36.4 percent of them last year in Lebanon. But what becomes more obvious from footage is that he is a high-flyer that is often the recipient of alley-oops in transition. Sims' style of play seems well suited for an up-tempo style, where he can be featured with plays near the rim or trailer three-pointers.