Xavier Silas Called Up By Boston Celtics

By Jacob Withee | March 28, 2018

PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. – The Boston Celtics announced Wednesday that that they have called up guard Xavier Silas from the Northern Arizona Suns.

Silas joins the Celtics on a 10-day contract, where he will wear No. 9.

He is the fifth Northern Arizona Suns player to be called up by an NBA team this season. At four, the NAZ Suns already led all NBA G League teams in players getting called up.

Silas returns to the NBA where he last played a regular season game in 2011-12. Going undrafted in 2011, the Northern Illinois and University of Colorado alum joined the Philadelphia 76ers. In his NBA career, he has played in two regular season games and two playoff games, all with the 76ers that season. He averaged 5.5 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists in the regular season.

Silas (6-5, 198) has played with the Northern Arizona Suns the last two seasons, where he led the team in three-point shooting both years. The 30-year-old made the fourth most three-pointers in the NBA G League this year (154), averaging the fifth most per game (3.6). He made a three-pointer in every game he played this season, still riding a 46-game streak of making at least one three.

This season he averaged 18.4 points on 43.8 percent shooting from the field, 38.0 percent shooting from distance, 88.2 percent shooting from the free throw line (seventh best in the league), 4.1 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.2 steals in 43 games (42 starts). Beginning his NBA G League career in 2011-12, Silas has also played for the Maine Red Claws and Bakersfield Jam, posting career averages between all three teams of 14.8 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 182 regular season games (134 starts).

In February, Silas was one of 12 players who made USA Basketball’s roster to compete in the national team’s first round, second window set of games of World Cup Qualifying. He helped Team USA improve to 4-0 in the first round with wins over Cuba and Puerto Rico. He started both games, tallying 13 points, four rebounds, a +25 mark against Cuba, and nine points, three boards, three assists and a +12 mark against Puerto Rico.

He also played for NBA G League USA against the Mexico National Team in the NBA G League International Challenge, an event that replaced the traditional NBA G League All-Star Game.

Silas becomes the first player to return to the NBA following participation in the Big3, a 3-on-3 professional league founded by Ice Cube last year that features many NBA Hall of Famers and past stars.

The Celtics mark Silas’ fifth NBA team he’s joined at some level. Besides the 76ers, Silas played for the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2103-14 Summer League, the Washington Wizards in the 2013-14 and 2014-15 preseason, and the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 2016-17 Summer League.

Silas is the eighth GATORADE Call-Up in NAZ Suns history. Other NBA call-ups in team history; Shaquille Harrison (Phoenix Suns, 2017-18), Josh Gray (Phoenix Suns, 2017-18), Derrick Jones Jr. (Miami Heat, 2017-18), Isaiah Canaan (Phoenix Suns, 2017-18), Elijah Millsap (Phoenix Suns, 2016-17), Johnny O’Bryant (Charlotte Hornets, Denver Nuggets, 2016-17).

The Boston Celtics next play tonight at the Utah Jazz, with tip-off slated for 6:30 p.m. PT.

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