Fall vs Green vs Gates

Boston has an unspectacular battle brewing for the final roster spot. With the only two-way contracts already occupied by LSU’s Tremont Waters and DePaul’s Max Strus, the likes of 7-7 Tacko Fall, Summer League standout Javonte Green, and Kaiser Gates, formerly of the Windy City Bulls are dueling for the final spot on the roster.

To start, Fall is the most impressive player the Celtics have under their umbrella. At times Fall comes off as a diamond in the ruff. Guards attempted to take him head on one-on-one during Summer League and Fall held his own. His 8’6 wingspan is hell for opposing ball-handlers. On paper his measurements are not only impressive, but eye-popping. Unlike most lengthy players, Fall isn’t slender. At 300 pounds he is anything but overweight. Credit needs to be given to Fall for putting himself in the best shape. However, Fall relies far too much on his height to propel him. Rebounds come too easy and Fall needs to learn to pass out instead of pogo-sticking the ball back up in the air. His awareness could use quite a bit of polish. At times he is liable to draw blocking fouls.  

Fall concluded his 2019 Summer League run participating in all five games with the Celtics and averaging 7.2 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.4 blocks, and shooting a team-high 77 percent from the field. The biggest red flag for Fall is his career 43 percentage from the free throw line his four-years at UCF. Fall attempted just 6 free throws in his five games during Summer League making 2. But you can bet on NBA teams purposely fouling him to stifle any offensive momentum the Celtics might have.

Fall is a fan favorite here in Boston before even playing an actual game. The Celtics can use him in situational spots such as guarding the inbounds pass. Stevens could really use an ace up his sleeve with this roster. Perhaps that said ace is Fall.

Fellow Summer League standout Javonte Green is on the older side, turning 26 this past July. Unlike Fall, you know what you’re getting with Green. He’s a dependable downhill runner able to soar above the rim at a moments notice. Green’s defense is in doubt, but his speed helps him compensate. Leading EuroCup in 2018-19 in total steals with 38. Green shot a respectable 36 percent from three-point land on 2.4 attempts per game. However, we only seen Green play his role as a dunker during Summer League. It’s questionable how his skills from EuroCup translates to the pro game.

During his five game Summer League season Green averaged  10.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and 1.8 steals. He is the most dependable, safe option for Boston for the final roster spot. He’d inspire the least amount of joy, nor would he draw vitriol from the fan base. But Green can play and with a ton of questions surrounding the Celtics backcourt outside of Kemba Walker and Marcus Smart, Green fills a need unlike Fall.

The final candidate is Xavier’s Kaiser Gates. Gates went undrafted in 2018 and spent last season with Chicago’s G League affiliate, the  Windy City Bulls. He averaged 12.7 points and 6.4 rebounds, making 37.5 percent of his 3-pointers on 7.3 attempts. Gates is a potential three-and-D guy off the bench. He is rather unspectacular. His lone season in the G-League didn’t inspire much confidence from me. Shooting a lowly 40 percent from the field. He did, however, notch a great 37 percentage from deep attempting over 7 a game. Rallying up 12 points and 6 rebounds, Gates potentially is a more defensive Gerald Green.

Celtics training camp starts October 1st.

Author: sailboatstudios

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