Holmes a surprise among Celtics Summer Leaguers


Jonathan Holmes was not one of the hot names to watch on the Celtics' summer league roster.

But after six games, the past four resulting in Celtics victories, his play has drawn the attention of both the Celtics and other NBA teams.

And that has created yet another roster consideration for the Celtics, who already have too many players, the kind of problem most teams would like to have.

The undrafted free agent out of the University of Texas has been among the more pleasant surprises on the Celtics’ summer league team.

He is coming off a 14-point, five-rebound, two-steal performance in a 101-69 blowout win against Miami on Tuesday.

In six summer league games (five starts), Holmes has averaged 10.5 points and 5.7 rebounds per game, while shooting 45.4 percent from 3-point range.

Holmes has been even better against better competition in Las Vegas.

In the three summer league games in Las Vegas, Holmes ranks second on the team in scoring (14.7 points), rebounds (7.3) and blocked shots per game while leading all Celtics by shooting 54.5 percent on 3s.

“I feel pretty comfortable right now,” Holmes told CSNNE.com. “I’m just trying to be consistent; just show that I can be a stretch four and bring energy every day.”

Players such as Holmes are getting a much closer look at being added to the mix of teams in part because of the success experienced by Golden State’s Draymond Green who was instrumental in the Warriors’ run towards an NBA title.

While there were a number of teams that liked Holmes’ talent leading up to the draft, his inconsistent play was a key factor in teams saying "thanks but no thanks" to drafting him.

But so far in Las Vegas, he has shown the ability to play both ends of the floor with the kind of consistency that the Celtics are looking for.

However, it’ll take more than that for him to make the Celtics roster, which still seems a long shot even after they waived Phil Pressey.

Boston has a frontcourt that includes Kelly Olynyk, Jared Sullinger and Tyler Zeller, along with the team re-signing Jonas Jerebko and adding Amir Johnson via free agency.

Throw in the probable signing of second-round pick Jordan Mickey and adding David Lee via trade from Golden State, and there just doesn’t seem to be any room for Holmes despite how well he has played, on the team’s roster.

Of course that’s Holmes’ ultimate goal – to get a training camp invite and hopefully play his way on to an active roster spot.

But self-improvement he says, takes precedence.

“Right now, I’m just trying to get better, learn the game more,” Holmes said. “Be consistent.”

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