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Celtics Newcomers Prepare for First Season in Green

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After an incredibly active and polarizing off-season, Green Teamers are preparing to welcome a number of Celtics newcomers to their family. In losing All-Stars, Al Horford and Kyrie Irving, the Celtics were going to need a big off-season to at least be near contention. If Danny Ainge wanted to prove that he was one of the best executives in the NBA, he was going to have a lot of work ahead of him.

Ainge didn’t disappoint. Through free agency and trades, he made plenty of useful transactions. Meet the Celtics newcomers.

Kemba Walker

The Celtics lost an All-Star point guard, so the Celtics signed an All-Star point guard. Coming off a career year in Charlotte, Kemba got his max contract in Boston. While both Kyrie and Kemba are slightly undersized point guards who look to score first, they may seem like completely different players. Irving liked to play isolation offense (13.2% of possessions) on a highly talented team, Kemba (isolation in jsut 8.2% of possessions) liked ball movement. Irving likes to make big statements to the media (and pick fights with it), Kemba does not. Kyrie came here with little motivation, Kemba is hungry.

 

As a guy who has been a leader his whole college and professional career, Kemba is familiar with being the face of a franchise. With Horford and Irving gone, he is now the face. Right now, Kemba is at Team USA camp with Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart already building the chemistry.

Enes Kanter

The next big free agency move the Celtics made was adding big man Enes Kanter. The Celtics needed scoring down low, and not many bigs are better at that than Kanter. Kanter is also known as one of the best teammates across the entire league. Everywhere he goes, his teammates love him. He is, however, one of the worst defensive players in the NBA. Brad Stevens, being the genius that he is, will likely have a solution to that in his game plans. Despite not being able to play games in Toronto, Enes Kanter will be a beloved Celtics newcomer.

Romeo Langford

Langford comes into the NBA just one year after being the No. 5 high school recruit for the class of 2018. As the 14th pick in the draft he possesses the size and athleticism to do well, but he may be a few years away from making a major impact in the Association. In a league dominated by outside shooting, Romeo struggled from deep at Indiana. He shot just 27.2% from behind the arc in his lone season as a Hoosier. He did, however, shoot 72.2% from the free throw line which indicates he can improve as a shooter. Look for Langford to get a decent role as an 8th man this season. We will see a lot of ups and downs from him as he is raw, but will likely see improvement.

Vincent Poirier

The Celtics also dipped into the international pool this summer and acquired a French center. Poirier, who is working out with Rudy Gobert this summer, is looking to become a defense force for the Cs this season. When the Celtics lost Al Horford, they instantly became in dire need of a defensive big. Right now Poirier does not provide much offensively (besides being a 70% FT shooter), but in Brad Stevens’ system, he could thrive with the second unit.

Carsen Edwards

Edwards is sort of the opposite of Langford. Carsen Edwards served three years in college, is undersized, and known for his shooting. He proved that he belonged in the NBA through an incredible March Madness run. Edwards led the Purdue Boilermakers to the Elite Eight where he scored 42 points against the eventual champions, Virginia. Edwards, a 37% 3-point shooter and 82% free throw shooter, can serve as a productive scorer off the bench right away.

Grant Williams

Grant Williams is another rookie that is ready to play right away. The small forward spent three years maturing at Tennessee and developed into quite the leader for them. He averaged 18.8 points and 7.5 rebounds per game for the Vols. While Williams isn’t the most athletic of players, he makes up for it with his IQ and strength. Williams will instantly be a solid defender and scorer for the Celtics as they rebuild their bench.

Tremont Waters

Tremont Waters is a native New Englander and now Celtic. After being born in Connecticut, Waters made his way to LSU for two seasons with the Tigers. Waters was immediately a good player for the Tigers as a freshman, but his 3-point shooting, points per game, rebounds per game, and assists per game all went down. He was still a productive player in scoring 15.3 points per game, but Celtics fans should stay alert in watching his progression under Brad Stevens.

Tacko Fall

Whether or not Tacko actually makes the Celtics roster is completely up in the air. The 7-foot-7 center out of UCF showed up in a big way (pun most certainly intended) in Summer League for the Celtics. While he is an absolutely atrocious free throw shooter (43% in his college career), his work ethic appears to be excellent and his mobility is impressive for someone of his size. Tacko will likely start the season in the G-League but could possibly end up in the NBA by midseason. This will become a lot more likely if he keeps playing like he did against Zion in the NCAA Tournament.

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