Tacko Fall Continues Summer League Excellence
Tacko Fall‘s towering 7’6” build alone draws eyes towards him no matter what anytime he trots onto the hardwood. However, thus far during the NBA’s Summer League, Fall’s consistent and impressive play alongside his stature continue to add fuel to a spotlight shining directly on him as he works toward earning a roster spot with the Boston Celtics.
Despite his gifts, Fall never heard his name announced through the loud speakers at the NBA draft this summer. The UCF product still managed to work his way into the NBA however, joining the Celtics as an un–drafted free agent. Looking to prove his worth, Fall so far averages a pleasantly surprising 8.5 points per–game while shooting 76% from the field. Fall puts his height to use as well, also snatching 4.5 rebounds and swatting 1.8 shots per–game. Most recently, Fall helped the Celtics defeat rookie phenom Ja Morant and the Memphis Grizzlies after scoring 12 pints and blocking four shots while playing just 17 minutes en route to a 113–87 victory.
Tacko had 12 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks last night. pic.twitter.com/LFhdwbuvDA
— SLAM (@SLAMonline) July 12, 2019
Fall also enjoyed his most most impressive moment thus far against Memphis, as he converted two back–to–back alley–oops, getting the crowd out of their seats and stretching Boston’s fourth quarter lead out to 28, capping off a blowout victory with an exclamation point. “I’m still stunned that no one even spent a late second round pick on this guy,” said an unnamed NBA scout after the game when referring to Fall. “The risk-reward upside is phenomenal.”
— NBA (@NBA) July 12, 2019
Aside from scouts and coaches, fans seem to appreciate Fall’s performances as well, as the big man often finds himself bombarded with kids looking for autographs and pictures, that is, if they can manage to fit into a frame with him. Players already attaining established roster spots such as Enes Kanter also appears as another member apart Fall’s growing fanbase, adding to Fall’s hype by issuing an encouraging tweet last week. With Celtics already a playoff team flooded with talent, the G–League stands as likely place for Fall to end up after this year’s summer league tournament sings its swan song.
I present to you…Tacko Fall signing a Kyrie Irving Jersey. pic.twitter.com/0LuoaWOec6
— Adam Himmelsbach (@AdamHimmelsbach) July 10, 2019
The Next BIG Thing @tackofall99
— Enes Kanter (@EnesKanter) July 6, 2019
As that all stands months away from Fall, he remains committed to helping Boston continue to excel during summer league contests, as the team currently posts an undefeated 4–0 record. The Celtics and Fall play the Grizzlies once more Saturday, July 13 at 4:30 p.m. ETS.