Is Tacko Fall potentially an NBA-caliber player?

Tacko Fall's potential as a solid NBA player starts with his size. Anyone over 7-feet can be classified as a giant, but Tacko surpasses that. he is 7'7" with an 8'2" wingspan and a 10'2" standing reach. He can cover an 8'-by-10' wall just by spreading his feet and waving his arms. Shooting over him or passing around him will be a challenge for opponents.

But it doesn't end there. He doesn't run the floor like 6'9" Bill Russell did, but he is not far behind. He is smooth and fluid for a (very) big man. And he has soft hands to catch and retain a pass and place it (yes, place it) in the basket. Is he destined to become a true NBA player? A Celtics staffer thinks so.


During Summer League, I watched as he covered opponents out by the foul line. He moved quite well out there, particularly for a man his size. Can he shoot from any distance? Not really - not yet, but he I watched as he did a pivot move and sank a jump hook from about 10-feet out. Barring injury, expect him to improve.


Danny Ainge really needs to lock him in if that is doable. He may wash out down the road, but watching him thrive on a rival team would not sit well with Celtics fans. A 7'7" fan favorite that has already shown improvement in Summer League seems to have a place in the NBA. We will keep our readers posted on any movement on Tacko's contract.


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