Chris Babb - Short-Timer or Keeper?

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Chris Babb has been on fumes since graduating as a 5th year senior from Iowa State last year. Undrafted and catching on with the Maine Red Claws, and then catching an opportunity last Spring with the injury riddled Celtics, Babbs has a chance to provide the Celtics support off the bench, depending on how the chips fall this off-season.

Regarding Chris Babb, Brad Stephens said "I loved him in the preseason", but contract signings and rosters spots filling up as they did, Chris Babb found his best alternative was a D-League assignment with Boston's own Maine Red Claws.

Babb went undrafted in 2013, but was invited to the Celtics camp and was one of the last to be cut from the preseason roster.  Babb played as a freshman and sophomore at Penn State, sat out a season as a redshirt, and finished up his junior and senior years at Iowa State, earning Big 12 All-Defense honors in 2013.   While he has shown some defensive tenacity, his offensive game flat-lined somewhat as his sophomore stats at Penn State are nearly identical to his senior stats at Iowa State.

His offense is defined by his penchant for 3-point shooting, as his NBDL shot chart indicates below.

Nbdl_babbs_shotchart_1400150590544_medium

Babb shot a nifty 35% from 3 point with the Red Claws, but wasn't able to match that this Spring with the Celtics, where he shot a dismal 22% (6 for 27) in 14 games.

He was called up February 28th, earned two 10-day contracts . . . mainly due to Celtics injuries, but also because of his rapport with the coach and team.  Subsequently, Ainge signed Babb to a guaranteed contract for the rest of the 2013-14 season that includes a 3-year team option.

So can a 24-year old 6' 5" shooting guard that only shot 27% from the field establish himself as a long-term bench guy with a rebuilding Celtics squad?  There will not much room for error as Babb is behind Avery Bradley, Jerryd Bayless and Chris Johnson at the 2-spot depth chart . . . if all are on the team next year.

He works hard on defense and is a team-oriented player, so if his shooting improves this summer, Babb most certainly will have a window of opportunity to be with the Celtics come November.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join CelticsBlog

You must be a member of CelticsBlog to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at CelticsBlog. You should read them.

Join CelticsBlog

You must be a member of CelticsBlog to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at CelticsBlog. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker