G League

Tacko Fall and Tremont Waters Run It Back on Two-Way Contracts

On November 23, it emerged that the Boston Celtics were bringing back the duo of Tacko Fall and Tremont Waters on two-way contracts for the 2020-21 season.

7-foot-5 Fall and 5-foot-10 Waters spent the 2019-20 campaign on the same set of deals. With each splitting their time between the Celtics and their G League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws.

Players signed to a two-way deal spend the majority of the season in the G League. But they can be called up to the NBA, for their parent team, for a maximum of 45 days per season.

Tacko Fall to remain with Celtics on a two-way contract - The Boston Globe
(Image/Michael Dwyer/AP/Associated Press)

Tacko Fall:

Tacko Fall featured 29 times for the Red Claws in the 2019-20 season. As Maine held a strong 28-14 record at the time of the G League’s suspension, occupying the 3rd seed in the Eastern Conference.

In those 29 games, he posted averages of 12.9 points, 11.3 rebounds, and 3.1 blocks. Earning him NBA G League All-Defensive Team honors.

The center’s name was widespread on the league leaders summary. As his defensive rating (102.0) was the 2nd-highest in the entire league. His 70.4% FG was good for the 3rd-highest, and his 90 blocks over the course of the season placed him 4th. In addition, his Player Efficiency Rating of 26.2 was the 5th-highest.

As expected, Fall’s sheer size and length was huge on the defensive end. Sweeping up everything in-and-around the rim. Even on the offensive end, not much could stop 7-foot-5 center as he battled in the paint.

Fall played 11 times for the Celtics in the NBA. Where he averaged 3.3 points and 2.1 rebounds, in an average of 4.7 minutes per contest.

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

Tremont Waters:

Tremont Waters was a standout performer on the Red Claw’s last season. Averaging 18 points, 3.2 rebounds, 7.3 assists, and 2 steals, in 36 games played. This was on 42.9% FG, 35.4% from 3-point land.

His performances earned him the G League Rookie of the Year award, and a selection into the All-Rookie Team. As well as the All-NBA G League Second Team. He ended up finishing 3rd in G League MVP voting also.

Waters’ 7.2 assists per game were the 8th-most in the G League. As he dished out 261 throughout the entire season (5th-most). Despite his 5-foot-10 size, Waters was a huge problem for opponents. With his speed and agility creating open looks, not just himself, but for teammates through flashy passes.

He didn’t just do his damage on the outside. Quite frequently he would burst to the paint and show off his athleticism at the rim. On the defensive end, his quick hands allowed him to snatch 71 steals in the 2019-20 season. He even tallied 8 blocks too.

In the NBA, Waters suited up 7 times for the Celtics. With averages of 3.6 points, 1.1 rebounds, and 1.5 assists. He did have shooting struggles, however. Converting just 28.6% of his looks from the field and 16.7% from 3.

The Maine Red Claws will be delighted to have the star duo of Tacko Fall and Tremont Waters return for the 2020-21 season. Two of the main contributors to their success last time out.

From a Boston Celtics standpoint, retaining both players makes sense. As the franchise continues to develop talent for the future. With Fall and Waters both deserving another shot at the big time.

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