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Brad Stevens praises Semi Ojeleye’s Summer League play

Post by bobheckler on Wed Jul 12, 2017 8:47 pm

https://www.celticsblog.com/2017/7/12/15961314/brad-stevens-praises-semi-ojeleyes-summer-league-play-boston-celtics



Brad Stevens praises Semi Ojeleye’s Summer League play


Young players often take some time to develop before contributing meaningfully to NBA teams. Brad Stevens believes Semi Ojeleye’s defensive versatility may make him ready to do so immediately.



by Greg Cassoli@GregCassoli  


Jul 12, 2017, 4:20pm EDT




Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports




Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens shared his thoughts on the team’s Summer League performance yesterday. He emphasized the importance of viewing Summer League play as a distinct experience from regular and postseason NBA basketball, noting that there will be a transition in roles for those players that make it from the Summer League team onto the official roster.

“Summer League’s great,” he said. “You get a chance to do things. You get the ball in crunch time, and all those other things, but you know some of those roles are going to be much different once the season really starts.”

Such is the reality of nearly every young player. Acclimating to the NBA is a difficult process, one that almost always means carving out a niche that fits a player’s primary talents, as he develops the ancillary skills and athleticism needed to take on a more central role.

Stevens, based on his comments, seems abundantly aware of this, but he has found a sense of optimism in the potential for immediate contribution from one of his rookies in a somewhat unlikely place—second-round pick Semi Ojeleye.

“I think what he’s doing translates,” Stevens said while speaking of Ojeleye. “His flexibility defensively is going to be enormous. I think that he will compete to be one of our better defenders right out the gate.”

That’s meaningful praise from a coach that is happy to wait for his younger players to earn their time on the court. Perhaps Ojeleye’s effectiveness shouldn’t come as a surprise. He’s an uber athlete, built like a Mack truck. At age 22, he’s considered old for a rookie, and he has had more time to develop both his body and his game than many of his peers.

He’s shown he’s stout enough to defend in the post, quick enough to defend on the perimeter, and a good enough shooter to make life a major pain for big men tasked with defending him. If those skills do in fact translate against NBA-level competition, then the Celtics may have found themselves something of a second-round diamond in the rough.

It’s probably a little to early to count on Ojeleye to be a substantial cog in the rotation just yet, but that Brad Stevens, a man not prone to hyperbole, believes he could be ready to play from day one is certainly encouraging.




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MY NOTE:  Brad Stevens might not be a man prone to hyperbole but he is a man who rarely says negative things about anybody.  Semi has done a good job, I'm not putting him down, I'm just throwing a little cold water on the last sentence of this article.


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Re: Brad Stevens praises Semi Ojeleye’s Summer League play

Post by kdp59 on Thu Jul 13, 2017 11:25 am

he looks and has played in the summer league like a young Crowder.



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Post by wideclyde on Thu Jul 13, 2017 12:14 pm

I have to agree with Bob in thinking that perhaps Ojeleye may not be ready by day one, but it would sure be nice if he were. Adding a rotation player with a second round pick is always good for a good team. Too bad this kid is not 6'11.

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