G League

Season Review: Tacko Fall, Maine Red Claws

Going right back to his high-school days, Tacko Fall has been drawing nationwide attention. Mainly due to his enormous 7-foot-5 size.

After spending 4 years at the University of Central Florida, Fall was one of 80 participants in the 2019 NBA G League Elite Camp. Where he set new records for height, wingspan, and standing reach. After, he was transferred to the NBA Draft Combine.

At the Draft Combine, he set all-time NBA records for tallest height in shoes, largest wingspan (8-foot-2), and standing reach (10-foot-2). This only garnered more interest around Fall ahead of the 2019 NBA Draft.

Despite his immense popularity Fall went undrafted, but soon after signed an Exhibit-10 deal with the Boston Celtics. Of whom he represented in the 2019 NBA Summer League with, averaging 7.2 points, 4 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks, in 5 games. On a team-high 77% shooting from the field. He also averaged 3.5 points and 2.3 rebounds in 4 pre-season games for the Celtics.

His Summer League and pre-season performances earned him a two-way contract. Where he would be splitting his time between the Celtics in the NBA and their G League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws.

All eyes have been on Tacko Fall in his rookie season in the G League. Let’s take a look at how he performed.

Tacko Fall, Tremont Waters continue to shine with Maine Red Claws
(Image/Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)

In 29 G League contests through the 2019-20 campaign, Fall averaged 12.9 points, 11.1 rebounds, and 2.9 blocks. He converted at a 70.7% rate from the field.

He started the season strong, averaging 15 points (70.9% FG), 10.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists, and 2.3 blocks, in the opening 6 games of the season. As the Red Claws raced out to a 5-1 record.

This included a 21-point effort in a 129-115 win against the Raptors 905 on November 17. Through December his production dropped ever-so-slightly. But he was up-and-down from the NBA, representing the Celtics against the Detroit Pistons and Charlotte Hornets on December 21 and 23, respectively.

He did end 2019 strong, matching his career-high in points (21), against the College Park Skyhawks on December 29. In the same game, he grabbed 19 rebounds. Which was also a career-high in professional ranks for Fall.

Despite his rebounding numbers dropping throughout January, his shooting efficiency shot up. In the month’s 7 games, he converted at a 84.1% rate from the field. He did re-find his form for the remainder of the season, until the suspension of play in mid-March.

On March 8, Fall recorded a career-high 9 blocks, in a single game against the Windy City Bulls. This was joint second for the most blocks in a G League game in the 2019-20 season. Behind Christ Koumadje‘s 12 blocks against the Erie BayHawks on February 1.

Over the course of the season, Fall recorded 5+ blocks on 5 occasions, and had 18 double-doubles. In addition, Fall went for 15+ points and 15+ rebounds 5 times.

His 11.1 rebounds per game were the 6th-highest in the entire G League. While his 70.7% field goal percentage was the 2nd-highest. In terms of blocks per game (2.9), Fall was 3rd-highest in the league in that category.

The 24-year-old’s dominance on the defensive end earned him NBA G League All-Defensive Team honors.

Tacko Fall is very much still a work-in-progress. His offensive game is still developing, but his defensive prowess is set in stone. Mainly due to his sheer size. Forcing opponents to avoid the paint all together and settle for outside looks. Even his presence alone is enough to put opposing players off.

So far this season, Fall has featured in 6 NBA contests for the Boston Celtics. Averaging 3.2 points and 1.8 rebounds, on 75% shooting.

Maybe the tallest active player in the NBA will play at part in the remainder of the Celtics’ season in Orlando? We’ll have to wait and see with that one.

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