Vander Blue Signs with Celtics: Call-Up Breakdown
Vander Blue's stint in the NBA D-League was bound to be brief, because prospects with his profile are rarely available for any team to scoop up. Blue is another athletic wing who's a jumper away from being an NBA contributor, but now he'll get the chance to develop -- at least in the short term -- with the Boston Celtics rather than the Delaware 87ers after signing a 10-day contract on Wednesday (see official release). And as RGV Vipers Call-Up Chris Johnson showed on Tuesday night in Miami, 10 days is ample time to make an impact.
Blue struggled to find his shot during his first three games with the Sevens, but his 35-point explosion during Monday's CBS Sports Network matinee offered a glimpse at his potential. He was relentless in attacking the paint, earning double-digit free-throw attempts for the second straight game and getting to the rim to shoot 8/17 in the restricted area (see shot chart below).
He gave Delaware the dynamic wing who can break defenses down off the dribble that it sorely lacked, and the numbers confirm that: The Sevens, who owned a 96.1 Offensive Rating (points/100 possessions) before he arrived, posted a 104.1 Offensive Rating with him on the court. Those positives outweighed a short list of negatives that included Blue's uncharacteristic 1/14 shooting from mid-range and lack of assists -- two areas of development he'll need to make to stick at the next level.