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Celtics Call Up the Kids

Posted by r1zzo23 on January 8, 2009

Post from January 8, 2009…

According to an article at, the Celtics have recalled JR Giddens and Bill Walker from the D-League.

The Boston Celtics announced today that they have recalled rookie guard J.R. Giddens and rookie forward Bill Walker from their NBA Development League affiliate Utah Flash.

Giddens appeared in 13 games for the Flash averaging 17.3 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.2 rebounds, 1.46 steals, a team-high 1.54 blocks all in a team-high 37.6 minutes per game. Giddens was ranked 20th in the NBDL in scoring, 13th in field goal percentage (53.5%) and seventh in blocks. The former New Mexico Lobo was the selected by the Celtics with the 30th overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft.

Walker appeared in 15 games for the Flash averaging a team-high 18.7 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.33 steals in 30.5 minutes per game. Walker was ranked 11th in the NBDL in scoring and sixth in field goal percentage (55.7%). The former Kansas State Wildcat was acquired in a draft night trade with the Washington Wizards in exchange for cash considerations.

Not sure how much time either of these kids will get with the Celtics or even who will be inactive for either of them to get some playing time. My guess would be Patrick O’Bryant may see a few games in street clothes, but hey, I don’t make the calls.

Looking back at the preseason, it looked as if Bill Walker was much further along in his development as an NBA player than Giddens was, but if JR is finding his shooting touch and can use those abnormally long arms on the defensive end, perhaps he can steal a few minutes with Tony Allen sidelined.


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