With the opening game creeping up upon us, what should fans expect from the rookies?
The Boston Celtics have added quite a few promising rookies to this years roster. The new faces are Romeo Langford, Grant Williams, Carsen Edwards, Tremont Waters, and yes the one and only; Tacko Fall. They all have very promising potential and a type of chemistry that we haven’t seen before from a group of rookies. This preseason showed that chemistry, and it was refreshing to watch. It wasn’t necessarily the wins that impressed me, it was the ball movement and hustle that the rookies embraced. This is what defines the Boston Celtics as a unit: the “Marcus Smart Mentality” as some may call it.
The rookie that impressed most was clearly Carsen Edwards. We new that he could score, but we didn’t know he could score at this rate. He led the team this preseason with 15.2 points a game while shooting 51.2% from the field. Being a second round pick, you couldn’t possibly ask for anything more. Carsen scored 24 points in just over 6 minutes against the Cavaliers ending with 30 points for the night. Those are the type of games we should be expecting throughout this season.
There was some downside though; Carsen only averaged 0.5 assists a game with most of his minutes spent at the point guard position. Regardless, he can score a great amount of points in a small amount of time, and that’s exactly what we need off the bench this year.
Staying in the back court, Tremont Waters was a pleasant surprise this preseason. He did everything that Edwards didn’t do. Tremont averaged 1.5 steals a game along with an impressive 4 assists per game. He’s a pest on defense to make up for his undersized frame of just 5’11” and 175 pounds. Tremont signed a two-way deal with the Boston Celtics, meaning that he will spend the majority of his time in Portland with the Red Claws. This should be the perfect environment for him to improve and mature his game to the NBA level.
Grant Williams is the heart and sole of this rookie group. He has the potential to play the biggest role out of all the rookies. Brad Stevens loves to play small ball, and Grant fits perfectly with his ability to bully people in the paint along with his shooting ability from deep. He had a quiet preseason but led the rookies in minutes played per game at 18.5 as well as blocks at 0.8 blocks per outing.
Williams was second to only Daniel Theis in the offensive rebounds category. This stat shows his hustle and ability to move bodies out of his way. He mastered this in college, hopefully it translates well into his professional game.
The Boston Celtics first pick in the draft was Romeo Langford. He is most likely the biggest question mark out of the entire rookie group. With a lingering knee injury, Romeo might not be ready for the season opener in Philadelphia. He only played in two out of the four preseason games with no notable performances.
Brad Stevens and Danny Ainge saw something in this young wing player that they liked. Hopefully he can work his way into similar roles as Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. Langford is certainly an exciting prospect for this young Celtics team.
Tacko. Tacko. Tacko. Tacko Fall is obviously a fan favorite already. No matter where he ended up, the fan base would “fall” in love with him. Tacko had a quiet preseason as well, scoring just 3.5 points a game in 9.6 minutes a game. He also pulled down 2.2 rebounds an outing.
Regardless, Tacko is on a two-way deal with Tremont Waters so the majority of his year will be spent in Portland. If nothing else, Tacko will be fun to watch in the G-League, but hopefully he gets some playing time for the C’s this season.