Carsen Edwards' ceiling is at least Vinnie "The Microwave" Johnson

The Detroit Pistons' back-up guard, Vinnie Johnson got his nickname, the Microwave, from none other than Danny Ainge. The moniker was derived from Vinnie's ability to come into a game and heat up fast. Johnson was the 7th overall pick by Seattle in the 1979 NBA draft, but he played most of his 13 NBA seasons as a back-up on the Detroit Pistons.

The 6'2", 200-pound Johnson picked up two Championship rings with Detroit and had a rather pedestrian rookie year, averaging 8.6 MPG, 3.2 PPG, 1.4 RPG and 1.4 APG. For his career, he averaged 24.7 MPG, 12.0 PPG, 3.2 RPG, and 3.3 APG. He was a decent marksman from the field (46%) but not so from beyond the arc (25%). His real claim to fame was entering the game and hitting his first few shots within seconds - or so it seemed.


Before the Celtics win over Washington last night, Carsen already was outpacing what Vinnie accomplished in his rookie season in most categories. But last night, Edwards notched a career-high 18 points on 7-of-12 from the field and 4-of-5 on 3-pointers, while also collecting four rebounds and three assists.

Edwards came into the contest at the 4:59 mark of the first quarter and took a few minutes to get going. He hit a 3-pointer at the 1:35 mark and then picked up five more points in the first six minutes of the second period. Not exactly Microwave-level stuff, but he was on fire once he got comfortable out there.

Carsen tallied his impressive stat line in only 20 minutes of action, and his four rebounds and three assists in limited time are very encouraging. He also picked up one steal and turned the ball over only one time. Johnson could not hit the long ball, but that is a specialty with Edwards. His ceiling seems to be, at least, that of Vinnie Johnson - and it could very well end up higher than that.

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  1. Carsen Edwards was my favourite of the Celtics draft picks. I saw Carsen as a potential Fred VanVleet (using a more recent comparison).

    I like the Vinny Johnson comparison. The guy was fearless, kind of like a set up man in baseball. Comes in cold, does his job but gets none of the glory.

    Great article.
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    1. I see Carson as a guy that could miss 8 shots in a row - and then hit the next 10. He is an absolute shooter, but his last game showed he has more than that in him. Thanks.

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