Can we expect a future Tremont Waters-Tacko Fall Celtics tandem?
ICYMI: We moved to 11-6 on the season with a 115-91 win over the @CPSkyhawks at home today. Tremont Waters led the team with 28 points and also added 8 assists. @tackofall99 had his 6th double double of the season with a 21 point and 18 rebound performance. #CrustaceanNation pic.twitter.com/YkZGIHJkX4— Maine Red Claws (@maineredclaws) December 30, 2019
For the Red Claws, Waters is averaging 20.6 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 7.5 APG and 2.3 SPG. Tacko averages 14.2 PPG, 10.6 RPG and 2.5 BPG. One negative issue for Tacko is his assist-to-turnover ratio. He is turning the ball over 2.2 times/game and only supplying 1.1 assists per contest.
Realizing that per-36-minutes stats at the NBA level only give us a slight indication of what NBA players could accomplish with enhanced minutes, Fall's per-36-minutes stats show both his strengths and weaknesses: 42.5 PPG, 22.9 RPG, 6.5 BPG, 9.8 TOs/game, 9.6 fouls/game. He can be a potent double-double machine (points & boards) and a powerful rim protector, but he needs to cut down on his fouls and turnovers.
Tremont's extended-minutes NBA stats show the same propensity for turning the ball over: 18.0 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 3.9 APG, 1.3 SPG, 5.1 TOs/game. Waters is such a savvy player, expect those miscues to lessen with more time in Boston. Ditto for Tacko.
I swear that, if Brad Stevens had a choice, he would have a lineup of players in the 6'6"-6'8" range that could play all five positions on the floor. Waters at 5'10" and Tacko at 7'5" don't fall into that range. But that doesn't mean this duo couldn't succeed as third-string point guard and center, respectively. The top G Leaguers often evolve into effective end-of-bench guys in the NBA. That is the lowest ceiling I envision for this point guard/center pairing. That is why Danny Ainge wisely locked the pair up as two-way players.
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