BOSTON - Once the NBA off-season begins, the NBA Draft is complete, and the initial burst of free agency chaos fades away, we finally get to see a little bit of pure in-game basketball action for the first time since the NBA Finals. And no, I’m not writing about the Big Three league, which has already seen a fair share of controversy since its inception: I'm talking about the Summer League.
The NBA’s Summer League is the annual first look at many young players, undrafted and otherwise, as they seek to prove themselves and earn a spot on the professional roster of the squad they are essentially “trying out” for. This year, the Minnesota Timberwolves finished with the best record in all of Summer League with a perfect 6-0 record. The Boston Celtics, however, finished in a respectable third place with a 4-1 record and a lot of chatter about the youth of the team.
One of the more inspiring moments from Summer League came when Boston lost to the Memphis Grizzlies in a playoff game. Though the Celtics lost, it was an impressive effort led by Tremont Waters, a rookie for the Celtics, whose father had died only days before. During the game, Waters went for 16 points as the team rallied around him.
The two most notable standouts from Boston’s Summer League efforts, however, were definitely Tacko Fall and Carsen Edwards. Players like Grant Williams and Robert Williams definitely helped better establish their position with the Celtics, but Fall and Edwards have become the talk of the town. Edwards was snubbed from All-Summer League teams, but he did record games of 25 and 23 points, en route to nabbing a four year deal with the Celtics. Fall also now has the support of a city (and Jaylen Brown) to procure a similar deal. Fall went for double digit points twice, including one game with 15 points, eight rebounds, and four blocks. With this kind of record, Tacko Tuesdays may become a regular part of the regular season Celtics as well. of the Celtics for many months to come.