Of the three Celtics rookies – Carsen Edwards, Romeo Langford and Grant Williams – who will pick up the most floor time in 2019-20.
This is only about three of the four drafted Celtics rookies – Romeo Langford, Carsen Edwards and Grant Williams. Tremont Waters is currently on a 2-way contract and Tacko Fall, on an Exhibit 10 deal, was not drafted.
Edwards will get the most minutes because he is the best 3 point shooter on the team. In college he had to play point and always handle the ball and shoot 3s off the dribble. Now he can play off the ball every now and then and come off picks ready to catch and shoot. #swish
— Jimmy in NH (@JimmyMac257) October 13, 2019
I agree with Jimmy in NH. Right now, I picture Edwards as the first shooting guard off the bench playing on the second unit alongside Marcus Smart at the point. If the opposition thinks they can rest with Carsen coming in as a substitute, they are badly mistaken. He never stops moving on offense or defense. His change of speed with or without the ball can be nerve-wracking for defenders, and no one knows when he will launch a shot. That ball leaves his hand while the defender is still trying to decide if Edwards is going right or left. Carsen scores in bunches, and when he gets acclimated to the NBA, he will often do the same.
In two preseason games, both Grant Williams and Edwards are averaging about 18 minutes per game. Langford only played in the Orlando game, logging 11.2 minutes of floor time. G-Will’s strong point thus far in preseason competition is his rebounding, averaging 5.5 RPG. But with Boston stocked with wings and sitting in fifth place in the NBA’s team rebounding stats with 50.0 RPG, he may not see a lot of minutes.
Well….it worked might be a bit strong. It is a summer league and 2 preaeason games. It appears Edwards will have a roll to start the season and GWill should beat out Semi for the 12 minute a game spot but Langford and Tre Waters appear destined for 95 north.
— Sal Mondello (@mondellosal) October 13, 2019
Langford is the question mark. We still don’t have a handle on his ceiling or how he fits in Brad Stevens schemes. He was listed at 6’6″ pre-draft, but he recently measured at 6’4″ without shoes. He will most likely fill a second-unit, shooting guard role off the bench, but I visualize Edwards getting the early call. And if Brad Stevens plan is to put Enes Kanter on the second unit and funnel the offense through him, Carsen’s constant-motion offense at the perimeter may just open up opportunities for the big man.
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