ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Former Lobo standout shipped to Maine after slow start with Celtics
Boston Celtics guard and former University of New Mexico star J.R. Giddens was assigned to the Maine Red Claws, Boston’s NBA D-League affiliate, it was announced Thursday. Giddens is the 12th NBA player, and the third Celtic, to be assigned to an NBA D-League affiliate this season.
It is Giddens’ fourth trip from the NBA to the Development League since his professional career began after the Celtics made him a first-round pick in the 2008 NBA Draft. He was reassigned to the Utah Flash on three separate occasions during his rookie campaign last season.
Giddens has appeared in 21 games for the Celtics this season, scoring 24 points in 4.7 minutes per game. He has started only one game in his brief NBA career. Last season he appeared in six games for Boston and has seen playing time in just 27 games for his career.
In 26 regular season games for the Flash a year ago, Giddens averaged 17.2 points and 6.3 rebounds in 36.4 minutes per game. He was an integral part of Utah’s 2009 NBA D-League Finals run. In four post-season games for the Flash he averaged 18.5 points and 12.3 rebounds in 39.8 minutes.
Fans in Albuquerque won’t see Giddens in person any time soon. His Red Claws have two games in mid-March against the Albuquerque Thunderbirds, but both will be on the Claws’ home floor in Portland, Maine.
Every D-League game is available for free viewing over the internet by logging onto NBA Futurecast (www.nba.com/dleague).