Monday, July 8, 2019

Celtics Summer League: Tacko Fall shines in Celtics win over Cavs

The most popular NBA Summer League players in Las Vegas went undrafted in last month's NBA Draft.

With No. 1 pick overall Zion Williamson out for the rest of the summer, Tacko Fall has received the most adoration from fans. In the city, he's been stopped to take pictures, has shown promise as a player and helped guide the Celtics to their second straight win.

The crowd erupted when Fall checked into Monday's game between the Celtics and Cavaliers and boos came raining down in the Thomas & Mack Center when he checked out and headed towards the bench. Spectators couldn't get enough and when he checked back in a second time, Fall gave plenty for fans to cheer about.

His defensive presence altered shots at the rim, his turn around hook shot on the opposite end of the floor was impressive and his easy putbacks demonstrated how well Fall can score with little effort due to his 7-foot-6 frame. He finished with 12 points and a pair of offensive rebounds in 12 minutes of play.

Seeing Fall put the ball on the floor was an encouraging sign for a prospect who's best known for catch-and-shoot attempts in the paint and easy layups at the rim. If he's going to have a bright future in the NBA, he's going to have to establish a low-post game or a mid-range touch.

As a limited scorer, Fall is continuing to prove himself and fans are hoping for the best for him and his potential NBA career. Meanwhile, the Celtics improved to 2-0 in Summer League play with a 89-72 win over the Cavs.

Carsen Edwards, who showcased his outside touch -- he netted a pair from behind the arc -- led with a team-high 14 points. Boston will take on the Nuggets Tuesday night, where they'll look to go 3-0.

Josue Pav√≥n

Photo used is courtesy of Getty Images

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