Brad Stevens says Celtics players are ‘flying under the radar’ except Tacko Fall
Boston Celtics center Tacko Fall has become all the rage in Beantown.
After going undrafted this summer, Fall landed a spot in Boston’s Summer League team in Las Vegas, eventually earning a non-guaranteed contract with the Celtics. And just on Sunday, Boston converted Fall to a two-way contract, which means he will spend the majority of the 2019-20 season with the team’s G-League affiliate in Maine.
Celtics head coach Brad Stevens previously iterated that he hoped that fans would come to appreciate Fall as a person and a player, rather than a “gimmick.”
When asked about the improvements of swingman Jaylen Brown, Stevens doubled down, saying that “everyone” on the Celtics roster has been flying under the radar aside from Fall.
When asked about Jaylen Brown's preseason flying below the radar, #Celtics Brad Stevens said everyone is flying below the radar besides Tacko.
— A. Sherrod Blakely (@ASherrodblakely) October 13, 2019
Brad Stevens: "Everyone is flying under the radar except Tacko."
— Matt Castle (@Matt_Castle22) October 13, 2019
“Tacko mania” is rampant in Boston, but it is still surprising that other Celtics players are not getting as much attention during preseason. After all, this was one of the most scrutinized teams in basketball during the 2018-19 campaign, and they are in a transitory phase as they prepare for life without Kyrie Irving.
The Celtics are hoping to rejoin the ranks of the elite teams at the top of the Eastern Conference. Much of their success is likely to depend on the growth of players like Brown, who is another fan favorite in Boston.
Brown entered the league as a defensive-minded wing player with athleticism and upside, but he has made strides on the offensive side of the ball and has looked increasingly comfortable on the perimeter.
Jayson Tatum is another player of note after battling through a frustrating sophomore campaign. Stevens has applauded Tatum for his work during camp.
Fall has been the center of attention, but the Celtics will need their rotational fixtures to speed up their progression if they hope to capitalize on this championship window.