G League

Maine Red Claws Poised for Another Influx of Young Celtics Talent

At the time of the 2019-20 G League suspension, the Maine Red Claws were sitting high with a 28-14 record. This placed them 3rd in the Eastern Conference and 4th in the entire league. Either way, they were set to make postseason noise.

Two-way guard Tremont Waters was one of the stars of the team. Through 36 contests, he posted averages of 18 points, 3.2 rebounds, 7.3 assists, and 2 steals. On 42.9% shooting, 35.4% from 3.

Such performances plastered the 22-year-old’s name across the 2019-20 G League end of season awards. As he won Rookie of the Year and was selected to the All-Rookie Team and All-NBA G League Second Team. He even finished third in G League MVP voting.

Red Claws' point guard Tremont  Waters named G League rookie of the year -  Portland Press Herald
(Image/Shawn Patrick Ouellette/Staff Photographer)

The well-known Tacko Fall was the other two-way player for the Red Claws. He showed out 29 times in the 2019-20 campaign, with averages of 12.9 points, 11.3 rebounds, and 3.1 blocks. His defensive rating (102.0) was the 2nd-highest in the league, as he was named to the NBA G League All-Defensive Team.

Both Waters and Fall saw game time in the NBA for the Red Claws’ parent team, the Boston Celtics. Playing 11 and 7 games, respectively.

NBA Assignments and Undrafted Steals:

Being affiliated with one of the most-storied franchises in the NBA certainly has in benefits, especially when the Celtics have had a haul of draft picks in recent years. In the 2019 draft, they selected 4 prospects.

One of them was the previously mentioned Tremont Waters. The others; Romeo Langford, Grant Williams, and Carsen Edwards. Langford and Edwards spent time with the Red Claws this past season too.

22-year-old Edwards led Maine in scoring with 22.2 points per game, through 13 games. He also averaged 5.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists, and 1.8 steals. While Langford (21) suited up 7 times, averaging 10.6 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.4 assists, and 1.6 blocks.

Both Edwards and Langford, like Waters and Fall, showed out for the Celtics in the 2019-20 NBA season. With Edwards playing 37 games and Langford, 32 games.

So far, Waters, Fall, Edwards, and Langford added plenty of NBA talent to the Red Claws, but it doesn’t stop there. Big man Vincent Poirier played 4 times in the G League, on assignment. Where he punished opponents with 3.3 blocks per contest.

Celtics rookie Carsen  Edwards undeterred by first-year challenges
(Image/Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Undrafted sophomore, Yante Maten, added even more talent. As did undrafted rookie, Bryce Brown. Forward Maten played a team-leading 39 games for the Red Claws, with an average of 18.1 points and 8.8 rebounds. His 342 rebounds were good for the 10th-highest in the G League. With Brown having an impressive rookie season, averaging 16.1 points on 42.7% shooting from downtown.

Improvements Made and an Exciting Future Ahead:

The sheer talent on the Red Claws roster improved their 19-31 record from the 2018-19 season, to a 28-14 record under Head Coach Darren Erman.

It most likely won’t stop there either. Tremont Waters and Tacko Fall’s two-way contracts have expired this off-season, whether they return on such a contract is to be seen. But it is entirely possible. Although, the Celtics do hold three 1st-round picks in the upcoming 2020 NBA Draft, in the 14, 26, 30, and 47 selections.

A whole host of new talent will be drafted in that may require G League experience, as the Celtics push to form a championship-contending roster. Not to mention any undrafted steals, like Yante Maten and Bryce Brown ended up being in 2018 and 2019.

Either way, it’s an exciting time for the Maine Red Claws. Who are set for another strong season in 2020-21, with a stacked roster.

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