"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.
"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|
|Player||NBA D-League Team||NBA Team|
|Diante Garrett||Iowa Energy||Utah Jazz|
|Chris Douglas-Roberts||Texas Legends||Charlotte Bobcats|
|James Johnson||RGV Vipers||Memphis Grizzlies|
|Kendall Marshall||Delaware 87ers||Los Angeles Lakers|
|Jeremy Tyler||Erie BayHawks||New York Knicks|
|Chris Johnson||RGV Vipers||Boston Celtics|
|Malcolm Thomas||Austin Toros||Utah Jazz|
|Troy Daniels||RGV Vipers||Houston Rockets|
|Dewayne Dedmon||Santa Cruz Warriors||Orlando Magic|
|Jarvis Varnado||Iowa Energy||Philadelphia 76ers|
|Justin Hamilton||Sioux Falls Skyforce||Miami Heat|
|Chris Babb||Maine Red Claws||Boston Celtics|