Carsen Edwards is drawing a lot of attention without playing a single game on the regular roster.
I don’t often get excited by small, second-round draft picks, but I am about Carsen Edwards. And it appears, I am not alone. According to Celtics Blog’s Keith Smith, an anonymous Boston coach is really high on Edwards (per NESN’s Chris Gernham):
“That’s a classic Danny (Ainge) pick,” they (Celtics coach) told Smith. “He loves those undersized guards who have a heart as big as this gym. Carsen is a killer. He’s strong too. We wanted to sit him a game out here and he looked at us like we took his world away. It will take a bit for him to adjust to the NBA, but we’ve got another good guard coming.”
“He’s got that little move all small guards need to create space. He gets a shoulder (truly a shoulder and not his arm) into the defender and steps back. He’s strong when driving. I didn’t see him get stripped once. Not a pure point guard by any means, but Boston has had a lot of luck with guys who are pure lead guards. Defensively he’s competitive, but his size hurts him there. Probably need to match him with good defenders around him.”
Carsen may get listed at 6’1″, but he is a bit shorter than that at 6’0.25″. But at 200 pounds and a lean 5.5% body fat, he is strong, talented and determined. One other very-determined little guy, former-Celtic and 3-time NBA Slam Dunk Champion, Nate Robinson, recently showed love for Edwards on Instagram.
Robinson, at 5’9″, is a good three inches shorter than Edwards but equals Carsen in the physique department. He is a muscular 174 pounds, and I recently watched him perform with the BIG3 League at TD Garden in Boston last summer. He was a menace for defenders, particularly shooting from distance, but he did give up something on defense – not because of his intensity, but rather due to his lack of size. That is usually the issue with the little guys on defense.
So what is Carsen Edwards’ ceiling? No one knows yet, but take a look at the 1970 NBA draft. The first two players picked in the second round were Calvin Murphy and Nate Archibald. Both had long, excellent careers and collected seven All-Star selections between them. Carsen was selected with the 3rd pick in the second round, and that may be a steal for Boston. They need some good fortune this coming season.
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