The Senegalese super-giant, Tacko Fall, has been absolutely balling during his time thus far with the Maine Red Claws. Because of this, Boston Celtics fans deserve to be excited.
When the Boston Celtics opted to send their 7-5 rookie Tacko Fall down to the G-League, the Houdini believed it was the exact right move to make. With his current skill set & raw talent, it’s certainly in his best interest to improve upon his skills in the shallow-end of the NBA’s basketball pool (i.e. the development league) rather than thrusting him into the deep-end, going up against established NBA stars, to see if he can either sink or swim.
So far, it appears the move is doing wonders for Boston’s super-giant big-man.
Through three outings with the Maine Red Claws, Fall has received an ample amount of playing time, and has produced admirably along the way. In 26 minutes per game, the center is averaging an impressive 16.7 points, 9.7 boards and 3.7 blocks on 79% shooting from the field. He has recorded a double-double (points & rebounds) in two of said outings and, most recently, dropped 21 points on a perfect 9-for-9 shooting from the field.
Similar to the Boston Celtics — their NBA affiliate — the Red Claws have found much success in the early parts of the 2019-20 season, as they currently hold an undefeated record of 3-0. They’ve been dominating on offense, as they rank second in the league in points-per-game (126.7) and are excelling at protecting the rim, averaging eight blocks-per-game (tied for second in the league).
Along with Fall, fellow rookie, Tremont Waters, also finds himself excelling in extended playing time. The second round pick by the Boston Celtics is averaging 17.7 points, seven assists and four rebounds in 31 minutes per game on 41% shooting from the field and 39% shooting from deep. It must also be mentioned that 23-year-old power forward, Yante Maten, is putting up stupendous performances so far, averaging 21 points and just over a block per game on 56% shooting from the field and 50% shooting from 3.
Now look, I know what you may be thinking: Tacko Fall is playing well in the G-League against G-League talent. Slow your roll here, buddy.
And while these impressive performances all need to be taken with a grain of salt, it is exciting to see the 23-year-old playing so well. We all saw Fall play in small doses throughout the the preseason and in one game during the regular season with the Boston Celtics and, frankly, he did well — not earth-shattering but, still, he did his job. Now, in extended action — albeit against inferior talents than the NBA currently has to offer — Tacko Fall is showing a lot of promise.
This is a great thing to see. After all, he was sent down to the G-League to hone his skills. Honing appears to be exactly what he’s doing.
Regardless of who the opposition has been, for Boston Celtics fans, it’s been a welcoming site to see Tacko Fall play the way he has. The Maine Red Claws’ next outing will come tomorrow against the Raptors 905. Tip-off is scheduled for 11 AM (ET).
Tune in to see if Fall can continue his impressive start to his Red Claws tenure.