If you remember correctly it was less than three weeks ago when J.R Giddens was shaking like a twig in anticipation of his first career NBA start. Giddens mentioned that he thought this was his chance to shine on the big stage and he put a load of importance on his performance in the game against Toronto on the 2nd of January. You could tell in the game that he was very nervous and trigger shy, which has to be expected for a young guy like him.
Since then Giddens has rarely seen playing time outside of a blowout win in New Jersey on the 13th. The Celtics organization apparently believes that Giddens needs to build his confidence up and develop his game more because today they sent Giddens down to their D-League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws.
Here is the official release from the Boston Celtics:
The Boston Celtics announced today that guard J.R. Giddens has been assigned to the Maine Red Claws. Giddens is the team’s third assignment to the NBA Development League this season.Giddens, a 6-foot-5 guard, has appeared in 21 games for the Celtics this season and registered season-highs of six points and seven rebounds against New Jersey on Jan. 13.
Giddens is now the third member, and last eligible member, of the Boston Celtics to have a stint in Maine. Like I have said before I do believe this is a good way to develop Giddens into a better player. Right now he is definitely lacking some confidence and he has some grey areas in his game. This is a good way for him to boost his confidence and work with a great coaching staff in developing his game.
In all honesty I don’t believe Giddens will be in Maine for a long period of time. This guy really does possess NBA talent and is an extremely athletic basketball player. I would not be surprised if he averages in the upwards of 25 ppg while in Portland and returns to the Celtics in less than a week.