Last night the Penn State athletic department broke the news that Tim Frazier had agreed to a training camp contract with the Boston Celtics. The 6′ 1″ point guard averaged 14.9 ppg, 5.4 apg, and 4.4 rpg as a fifth year senior for the Nittany Lions. Frazier’s basketball future is likely in Europe but this is a nice opportunity for him to collect a paycheck and play against some NBA bodies.
Frazier is a very good distributor who broke Penn State’s all-time assist record this past season. He assisted on a ridiculous 45.3% of his teams baskets when on the floor. But his height and lack of athleticism limit his NBA ability. The Celtics, assuming the Evan Turner deal actually gets done, already have 15 contracts guaranteed for next season.
Tim Frazier will not make this team. This could be an indication that the Celtics are looking for more flexibility in order to pull the trigger on a trade they have in mind (could Phil Pressey be on the move?), but more likely was done just so the Celtics could have another guard in camp.
If Frazier impresses in camp there’s always a chance the Celtics will choose to give him a closer look and throw him in the D-league. Frazier will be the first Penn State player invited to an NBA training camp since Calvin Booth in 2009.