By Ian Riaf
Jabari Bird gives the Celtics more agility, length, and versatility.
Heading into the Boston Celtics summer league all eyes were focused on the energetic first-round pick, Robert Williams. Minutes into his debut, Williams suffered an injury forcing his exit. Following this injury, Celtics guard Jabari Bird made his presence known.
Bird, a six foot six lightning-quick shooting guard was one of the Celtics forgotten late second-round selections of last year. Selected with the 56th pick, many experts believed he would be a stash player for the Celtics to develop in the G league.
Alongside fellow PAC 12 guard and second-round pick Kadeem Allen, Bird saw little NBA action in his rookie year and to judge him on his few NBA outings hurts his case. He played only 13 games and only 4 of which were for over 10 minutes. Many of these games came at the end of the year and against sub-par teams.
Bird’s G league performance was good but not great. In his 20 G league starts, he averaged 19.3 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game. He struggled to find his shot, only shooting a sub-par 32.5% from beyond the arc. He got to the free throw line three times a game but only converted on 59.7% of his attempts....