What should Boston Celtics fans realistically expect from Jordan Walsh in his rookie season?

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The Boston Celtics entered this offseason with a plan to find low-cost talent that contributes right away. They seem to have found it with second-round pick Jordan Walsh.

With his recent play in the NBA Summer League, Walsh has given Celtics fans a reason to expect big things next season. We at the Houdini are here to tell you that Walsh will be a rotation player for the Cs next season, and he could even be the perfect Grant Williams replacement.

Walsh is an underrated prospect due to being at Arkansas this past season. Most people forget that Walsh was a McDonalds All American in high school, so he was a highly touted player. Walsh fell to the second round because he played on a team that had other NBA players. If Walsh would have gone to a school where he was the best player, he probably would have been a first-round pick.

As a result, the Cs are the real winners because they found a diamond in the rough that fits what they are looking for. Walsh is a low-cost replacement for Williams, and he will be under team control. Boston Celtics fans should ultimately be expecting two things from Walsh next season: that he will fill the void left by Williams and become one of the best defenders on the team.

Jordan Walsh will take over Grant Williams’ Boston Celtics role

Although Walsh won’t fully fill the void left by Williams, he will eventually assume that role. The fact that the Celtics got Oshae Brissett is important because it takes some of the pressure off of Walsh to step into that role right away. I think fans will see flashes of Walsh’s potential this season, and it will remind them of Williams.

The elite defense is a guarantee because he is as good as advertised. I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that Walsh is a borderline top-five defender on the team. Adding his length to the likes of Jayson Tatum, Kristaps Porzingis, and Robert Williams is going to be exciting to see.