Tacko Fall drawing some attention at Summer League

Nick Friar
July 09, 2019 - 9:25 am
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Three of the Celtics’ four 2019 draft picks are participating in the 2019 NBA Summer League and have shown they belong through the first two games (Romeo Langford being the one selection not playing). However, they’re not necessarily the focus of those watching Boston’s Summer League team. That’s through no fault of their own. They just happen to have a 7-foot-6 player on their team who’s working to get himself a contract.

In the Celtics’ first Summer League game, Tacko Fall scored six points on 3 for 4 shooting, missed his two free-throw attempts, had four rebounds, a block, and a steal in his 10 minutes of action. On Monday, Fall scored 12 on 5 of 5 shooting, made both of his free throws, had another block and grabbed two rebounds in 11 minutes. In the process, he impressed for NBA player and coach turned-analyst Sam Mitchell, who was on the call for Monday’s game.

“In the minutes that he played, he was what? Plus-nine (in 12 minutes),” Mitchell said when talking with ESPN play-by-play announcer Matt Winer about Fall. “Those are the kind of stats that teams look at and say, ‘OK, he maybe be limited in some of the things that he can do, but if he can play 10, 12 minutes a game and give me 12 points, five or six rebounds, block two or three shots and alter five or six (shots) — (because) then when you start calculating the point, you got to think about the 10 or 12 points that he takes away from the opponent. So he’s really responsible for about, 22 points in this game.”

And Mitchell wasn’t the only one singing Fall’s praises after Monday’s performance. Retired Celtics center Kendrick Perkins like’s what he’s seen from the 7-foot-6 big man.

Perkins isn’t the first to comment on Fall’s mobility either. It was one of the first things Celtics Summer League coach Scott Morrison hit on when discussing the center at a practice preceding the trip to Las Vegas.

“I think we’ve been very impressed with him,” Morrison said. “Everyone expected him to be real slow but he’s shown mobility that we weren’t necessarily ready for. Even in the scrimmage we just had he beat some guys down the floor, caught the ball at the rim, kept the ball up and dunked. So we’ve been real happy with him.”

Fall is currently on an Exhibit 10 contract with the Celtics, agreeing to the deal after he went undrafted in June. But a more permanent situation could be in his future is the Celtics brass feels similar to Mitchell and Perkins.

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