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Where Tacko Fall Fits in With the Celtics

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During the 2019 NBA Draft, the Boston Celtics drafted Grant Williams, Carsen Edwards and Tremont Waters. Although all three are solid prospects, the one everyone is talking about is UCF’s Tacko Fall. As an undrafted free agent, Fall signed an Exhibit 10 contract with the Celtics. After an impressive Summer League, where does he fit in with this franchise?

In his four seasons at UCF, Fall averaged 10.1 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game. He made quite the name for himself and was expected to have the potential to make an impact at the NBA level. During the Summer League, Fall averaged 7.2 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.4 blocks, and shot 77% from the field; the highest on the team.

Considering he was undrafted, there was a lot of hype surrounding Fall. He didn’t disappoint during the Summer League, which begs us to wonder what he can do against NBA veterans.

Throughout the years, the NBA has transitioned to a fast-paced game that has placed shooting from the outside as the priority. With Fall in the mix, he symbolizes a potential return of the ‘pure’ center.

Considering Fall only signed a Exhibit 10 contract, it doesn’t guarantee that he will be on the Celtics roster on opening night. The Celtics are expected to keep a close eye on Fall, and him making the roster is not currently out of the question.

On the depth chart, Boston has talented forwards in Robert Williams, Enes Kenter, and Semi Ojeleye. As a result, Fall would have to prove himself in the preseason in order to climb his way up. With Williams considered as the future of the center position in Boston, Kenter provides more of a veteran presence. In regards to Ojeleye, it’s possible that Fall could surpass him on the depth chart with an impressive preseason.

One of Fall’s weaknesses to date involves his inability to defend the pick-and-roll. In addition, scouts were initially worried that Fall would struggle to transition to the pace of play implemented at the NBA level.

A possibility for the Boston Celtics could involve sending Fall to the Maine Red Claws of the NBA G League. The downfall however is that they will then be forced to sign him to a two-way contract. By allowing for Fall to grow at a stable pace though could develop his play immensely, so this could be a route worth looking into.

While making the roster from the start of the season isn’t guaranteed, it’s hard to argue that Tacko Fall doesn’t have potential. By letting him grow within the G League, he could evolve into a well-balanced center. The Celtics have a gem on their team, but now they need to figure out what to do with him.

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