Boston Celtics rookies already winning fans over

Boston Celtics rookies already winning fans over

The Celtics are off to a hot start in the Summer League, going 3-0 against the 76ers, Cavaliers, and most recently the Nuggets.

It’s no secret that 7-foot-6 center Tacko Fall has already emerged as a fan favorite. But, it looks like the Celtics’ draft picks are becoming favorites too.

On Tuesday, Barstool’s Dan Greenberg tweeted “The Celtics rookies have won my heart” with a video of Tremont Waters, Grant Williams, Carsen Edwards, and Romeo Langford sharing what it means to be a part of the Boston organization.

And the genuineness of their responses will likely win over the hearts of more than just Greenberg.

“Well personally, just coming from Indiana, they kind of have the same background just with the winning mentality, with chasing the sixth banner in Indiana, and Boston trying to get another banner coming up soon. It’s really just the same for me, honestly, just the tradition and the winnningness,” Langford said, despite being unable to participate in Summer League due to his thumb injury.

“Yeah for me, I’m actually from Connecticut, so I’m just right down the road from Boston, and just to be able to go from LSU to obviously to the Boston Celtics feels really good. And the fan base is crazy. Obviously playing with these guys is definitely a learning experience, but it’s been fun,” Waters, who recently agreed to a two-way contract, added.

“For myself, it’s really been amazing just because being surrounded by tremendous people, whether it’s my teammates or Danny Ainge and historic guys you looked up to. My grandfather loved the Celtics and he’s a guy who was probably the happiest that I went there, so I’m really thankful to be a part of the organization, but I’m thankful that Tennessee gave me an opportunity, gave me a place to do it,” Williams said, who was drafted at No. 22 overall.

In addition to feeling thankful to be Celtics, the players were then asked to giving a scouting report on two of the players who are shorter for their respective positions: Edwards and Williams.

“Well Carsen, I’d just say his ability to make tough shots and even though he’s small for his position, it’s just that dog mentality to be able to guard people who are bigger than him. He takes on that challenge to guard guys bigger, or the guy that’s scoring all the points,” said Langford of his fellow point guard. Langford is listed at 6-foot-6, while Edwards is listed at just 6-foot.

Williams is in a similar situation to Edwards merely from a size standpoint. But, according to Waters, the 6-foot-7 power forward doesn’t let that hold him back. 

“He’s undersized for the position, but he’s a tough person, like forget basketball, he’s a tough person and he’s willing to take on any challenge,” Water said. “And overall, he’s just willing to use his body to root guys out and get rebounds and he’s just a tough player overall.”

Despite being undersized, Edwards and Williams have put up an impressive performance so far this summer. Edwards has led the team in points, averaging 19 per game, in addition to 2.7 rebounds, while shooting 54 percent. Meanwhile, Williams has averaged 11 points and 6.7 rebounds per game, while shooting 46 percent.

Next, the Celtics will take on the Grizzlies Thursday at 10:30 p.m.

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