Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Who is Vander Blue?

Photo courtesy of tk.reddit.com

Vander Blue, the physically gifted guard out of Marquette University was just signed to a 10 day contract by the Boston Celtics.

He will probably play a game or two in the D-League, where he is averaging 19 points per game. Ever since high school, Blue has been a more than capable scorer, one thing that the Celtics could use a little more of. Last week, Blue scored 35 in a D-League game so maybe Danny Ainge is just riding the hot hand.

Blue has bounced around from the Houston Rockets organization to the Memphis Grizzlies to the Philadelphia 76ers and then even to the Isreali Super league to play for Maccabi. From Maccabi, he was acquired by the Delaware 87ers of the D-League, where he averaged 19 points and earned a shot at the big leagues.

In college, this guy scored in bunches. He had range, he could drive and finish over bigger defenders, and he was the best defender on his team. He has a knack for absorbing contact in the lane and making spectacular AND-1s. Here is his draft day mixtape from Fox Sports:

 

It seems like Blue is a pretty good guy, for he has stayed out of trouble for all of his years playing basketball at a high level. It would appear that Blue has the potential to be a good teammate in the locker room and if he plays well like Chris Johnson just did, can earn a contract longer than 10 days. This is what Blue posted on Twitter after he knew the Celtics intended to sign him:


The signing is not official yet, but it's most likely going to happen because of what Yahoo Sports! reported and according to ESPNBoston.com's Chris Forsberg.