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By: Patrick Whalen
Now that summer league is done let’s look at some of the young stars of summer that the Celtics had out in Vegas. First off this team was easily more fun to watch than the 2018-19 Celtics and with many of the rookies going to make the roster that brings hope that this season will be much more fun to watch than the last. But onto the actual stars.
The talk of Vegas and Boston sports radio during summer league was the 7’6″ big man out of UCF. While he averaged only 12 minutes a game Fall still averaged 7.2 ppg, 4 rpg and 1.4 bpg. Fall’s tremendous size and surprising agility and movement led to many highlights like these over just 5 games.
Fall great play was eye-opening to the Celtics front office and the chance they took on Fall might just pay off as it has been said that Fall and the Celtics have been in contract talks over the last few weeks. Also, Tacko jumping on the big shot ride with Grant Williams is absolutely hilarious to watch.
The next biggest story from summer league was the Celtics second-round pick Carsen Edwards who is looking like the steal of the draft at this point with his great performance in Vegas. Edwards averaged 19 points, 4 rebounds and 1 steal per game in 23 minutes of action. He also shot 48% from the floor and an impressive 47% from downtown. His great performance landed him on the All NBA Summer League First Team and even landed himself a 4 year $4.5 million guaranteed deal with the Celtics and a multi-year shoe deal with Addidas. Edwards was shooting like a man possessed and is showing bright signs that he can make an impact for the Celtics this year.
One of the Celtics two first-round picks, Williams demonstrated his well-rounded game out in Vegas. The former SEC player of the year averaged 13 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 assists over his 5 games of action demonstrating not only his ability to score and rebound but to pass the ball and shoot the three as well. I’ve been seeing a lot of Al Horford in Grant as he just plays with a high basketball IQ and plays physical on both ends of the court. Williams will definitely be seeing some time in Stevens rotation in the Celtics young frontcourt this year and will be a nice addition off the bench.
Robert Williams: Timelord averaged 9 points, 10 rebounds and 2 blocks over 4 games
Tremont Waters: The second-round pick out of LSU averaged 11 points, 5 assist, and 2 steals over 5 games.
Javonte Green: The former Radford star earned himself a two-year partially guaranteed contract with the Celtics after averaging 11 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals over 5 games.