According to Yahoo Sports, Chris Babb will be sticking around in Boston for at least the rest of this season. After finishing his second ten-day contract, the Celtics had to make a decision about his future. The deal also includes a team option in case Boston plans to retain him beyond this year. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Babb has tallied four straight DNP-CDs since Avery Bradley returned from an ankle injury. He appeared in the six games prior to that, totaling thirteen points on pretty shaky shooting. But the Celtics aren’t keeping Beantown Babb (a nickname that needs to catch on ASAP if you ask me) for his offense. In his summer league stint, Stevens repeatedly praised Babb’s feisty defense. His 6’5, 225 lbs. frame helps him stay in front of most smaller guards. That defense was on display during his debut, where he held Paul George scoreless in his two minutes guarding him. Not bad for a first assignment.
Babb played 33 games for Boston’s D-League affiliate the Maine Red Claws. He averaged 12 points per game and 1.2 steals per game. Last year, as a senior at Iowa State, Beantown Babb was selected to the Big 12 All-Defensive team. He also averaged 9.1 points per game and led the Cyclones in three-pointers made.