"Coach's Dream" Chris Babb Makes His Mark with Boston Celtics

Chris Babb has made just 5 of the 14 shots he's taken with the Boston Celtics thus far -- in line with his 126-of-331 (38%) shooting with the Maine Red Claws this season -- and yet Celtics coach Brad Stevens can't stop raving about him. "I hope like heck he's back with us," Stevens told reporters as Babb's first 10-day contract wound down. "He's a perfect fit for what we need."

It was the ultimate complement for a player who can be appreciated more in game films than in box scores. The little-known guard's immediate success in the pros may come as a surprise to many, but not to anyone who's worked with him closely.

"I describe him as a coach's dream," said Red Claws head coach Mike Taylor.

(Click here to read the official release on Babb's multi-year contract with the Celtics.)

Coming out of Boston's training camp in October, Taylor heard rave reviews from Stevens before Babb was shipped to Maine as an affiliate player. The product lived up to the reviews.

"From the beginning of the season, he showed intensity on the court. He's got maturity beyond his years, he's extremely coachable, he's a great character guy and a great example for other players. He made a huge difference in the locker room," Taylor said.

Babb's example should send radar signals not just to his Red Claws teammates, but to every NBA D-League prospect fighting for a Call-Up: If you play the right way, you will get noticed. It wasn't just the affiliate Celtics who noticed Babb; multiple teams expressed interest in him throughout the season, according to Taylor.

That's the reward for committing to the defensive end, for playing mistake-free basketball, for having great attention to detail, for buying into the team concept, and for bringing the same qualities to the table on a nightly basis. "In the D-League, what's important is not scoring 40 points," Taylor said. "What's important is playing well on both ends of the floor."

NBA D-League Players Signed for Full 2013-14 Season
PlayerNBA D-League TeamNBA Team
Diante GarrettIowa EnergyUtah Jazz
Chris Douglas-RobertsTexas LegendsCharlotte Bobcats
James JohnsonRGV VipersMemphis Grizzlies
Kendall MarshallDelaware 87ersLos Angeles Lakers
Jeremy TylerErie BayHawksNew York Knicks
Chris JohnsonRGV VipersBoston Celtics
Malcolm ThomasAustin TorosUtah Jazz
Troy DanielsRGV VipersHouston Rockets
Dewayne DedmonSanta Cruz WarriorsOrlando Magic
Jarvis VarnadoIowa EnergyPhiladelphia 76ers
Justin HamiltonSioux Falls SkyforceMiami Heat
Chris BabbMaine Red ClawsBoston Celtics