2019-20 ROSTER BREAKDOWN
Boston could, at times, have an all-Williams frontcourt, as rookie power forward Grant Williams will be vying
for playing time as well.
The 22nd overall pick of the 2019 NBA Draft joins the C’s with plenty of success and accolades already under
his belt, having been a standout three-year player at the University of Tennessee. Williams was named SEC
Player of the Year in back-to-back seasons, becoming the first player to do so in 24 years. Last season as a junior,
he averaged 18.8 points, 7.5 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.5 blocks and 1.1 steals per game. He was named a consensus
2018-19 All-America First Team selection, as well as a finalist for the 2018-19 Wooden Award. He also helped
to lead the Volunteers to a stay as the No. 1 ranked team in the nation.
Though Williams is “only” 6-foot-7, his 240-pound, muscular frame gives him enough strength to play the 5,
and he’s also skilled enough to play the 3 and the 4. Possessing such versatility should allow him to earn some
solid stints throughout the season in various roles.
One dark horse in Boston’s frontcourt could be rookie center Vincent Poirier. Celtics fans may not know much
about the French big man yet, but he has the potential to be an athletic rim-runner and rebounder off the bench.
The 25-year-old already has seven professional seasons under his belt, including the last two seasons that he
spent with Baskonia of Liga ACB in Spain. During Euroleague play last season, Poirier averaged 11.9 points and
a league-leading 8.3 rebounds per game, while shooting 62.1 percent from the field.
If the high-energy 7-footer can bring some of that success across the Atlantic to Boston, he could find himself
earning a role with the C’s.
Despite going undrafted in June, Tacko Fall was the most publicized figure throughout all of 2019 Summer
League. Fans flocked to Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas to see the 7-foot-6 wonder, who towered above
every player he competed with or against.
Though, it soon became clear that Fall was more than just a freakishly tall athlete; he displayed solid skill and
agility for his size, which made him into a top priority for the Celtics to hang onto.
The 23-year-old Senegalese big man tallied 7.2 PPG on 77.0 percent shooting in Vegas, while also logging 4.0
rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game. What’s remarkable is that he recorded those numbers while playing only 12.6
minutes per game, thus he averaged 20.6 points, 11.4 rebounds and 4.0 blocks per 36 minutes.
Fall’s outstanding shooting efficiency this summer was not a fluke. During four years at the University of Central
Florida, he shot 73.96 percent from the field, which is the highest mark in NCAA history by more than six
The C’s signed Fall to a two-way contract just before the start of the regular season. So, like Waters, he will
likely split his time between Boston and Portland, Maine.
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