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Former Michigan player Deshawn Sims gets Celtics training camp invite

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We’re at the point in the summer where some teams are handing out training camp invitations — guys who have a very slim chance of making the roster but will get looked at in training camp. It’s a foot in the door that can get you noticed. For example, we told you Ron Howard is getting a chance with the Pacers.

Former Michigan player DeShawn Sims got one to the Celtics camp, something he confirmed on twitter.

Sims is a 6’8″ forward who went undrafted out of Michigan in 2010. He he’s basically a stretch four who can get out in transition.

Sims was the 2011 D-League Rookie of the Year playing for the Maine Red Claws (the Celtics’ affiliate) when he averaged 20.3 points a game shooting 50.6 percent overall and 39.8 percent from three. From there ye has gone overseas to play in Lebanon, Greece, South Korea and Puerto Rico.

This is good for Sims as he tries to find his way into the NBA, he can get noticed by teams.

PBT Extra bold prediction previews: Clippers ready to win West?

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With our PBT Extra videos, we are previewing the entire NBA by using bold predictions, starting in the Pacific Division (we already did the Warriors).

Some of those predictions come from fans on Twitter where I had sent out a request, including the bold prediction for the Clippers.

It could happen, they are certainly contenders. But two things need to happen.

The big one is their defense, which was middle of the pack last season, needs to move into the top 10 (and DeAndre Jordan needs to play consistently like a guy who is third in Defensive Player of the Year voting).

Second is the new and improved bench unit of Lance Stephenson, Josh Smith, and Jamal Crawford (he’s not new) need to mesh into a unit. Those are three guys who like to create for themselves and make questionable shot choices, getting them play well with others could be a bumpy road.

Stephen Curry gives high five while his shot is in air (video)

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Stephen Curry said the defending-champion Warriors would have no problem picking up where they left off.

His swagger certainly remains intact.