Celtics Summer League Game 1 Notes

It’s been a while since we were treated to some good Celtics basketball. After a season of raunchy below-par fast food watching the Summer League Celtics was like eating dinner at the Capital Grill. Carsen Edwards looked electric. Showing no hesitancy letting his shots fly, creating separation to enact his step back jumper on more than one occasion. Scoring 20 points it doesn’t even matter it took 17 attempts (5 of 17 from three) for Edwards to have the effect he did in the Celtics 96-82 drubbing of the Philadelphia 76ers. Edwards quick hands earned him three steals on the defensive side. He’s someone Stevens definitely will find use for in the regular season.

Elsewhere, Grant Williams also turned some heads. Posting up a solid 12 points and 6 rebounds in 19 minutes Williams teased the ability to make the corner three and held his own in one-on-one defensive situations. Never once did he appear disengaged and his motor impressed me a great deal. Like Edwards Williams wasn’t afraid out there in his first game and showed noticeable aggression on the inside. I doubt Stevens will have trouble finding a role for the 14th pick out of Tennessee if he keeps this up.

It seems like ages since we last seen Robert Williams play and while nothing in particular catches the eye in the box score; 9 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocks – Williams is six pounds lighter and moves better than before. I have high hopes he’ll learn to guard on the perimeter. He is able to stick with the play and get his arms out to contest without resorting to volleyball blocking. While he missed all of his jump shots the mere fact he let them loose shows a willingness the Celtics absolutely need him to have. Depending on Daniel Theis’ health Williams could see himself as the Celtics second string center or even their starter.

23-year old Tacko Falls received a standing ovation when subbing in for action. Standing at 7 foot, 7 inches in shoes Falls at 300 pounds is a specimen that needs every bit of his physical gifts to compensate for him ultimately being slow. In ten minutes Falls scores 6 points, a standing dunk early on is a highlight that’ll make Celtics fans happy. Snagging four boards Falls ridiculously long wingspan of 8’0” there is a strong argument to make Falls can carve himself a role as a situational crunch time personnel. He’d be amazing contesting inbound passes and quite frankly he has more to offer than Guerschon Yabusele.

Which brings me to the Dancing Bear.

I love Yabu. He really does come off as a great guy and teammate. But I can’t help but notice his skills have diminished since the last time he participated in Summer League. Despite starting Yabusele did not register a single point. His first attempt was stuffed at the rim setting the tone perfectly for the slog of a night he was in for. His line highlight was a nice bounce pass assists to Tremont Waters in traffic for a layup in the first quarter. Everything else involving Yabusele was ugly.

I sincerely hope he turns it around. If not I think the roster Danny Ainge has here should convince him to bump the Frenchman from his fifteenth man position and hand it over to the aforementioned Falls.

Author: sailboatstudios

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