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Celtics’ Carsen Edwards is a ‘classic’ Danny Ainge pick, says team exec

Carsen Edwards, Danny Ainge

After turning heads during the NBA’s Summer League tournament in Las Vegas, Nevada, Boston Celtics second-round selection and 6-foot-1 guard Carsen Edwards is being hailed a “classic” Danny Ainge pick.

Per Keith Smith in SB Nation’s CelticsBlog:

On Carsen Edwards: “That’s a classic Danny (Ainge) pick. He loves those undersized guards who have a heart as big as this gym. Carsen is a killer. He’s strong too. We wanted to sit him a game out here and he looked at us like we took his world away. It will take a bit for him to adjust to the NBA, but we’ve got another good guard coming.”

He’s got that little move all small guards need to create space. He gets a shoulder (truly a shoulder and not his arm) into the defender and steps back. He’s strong when driving. I didn’t see him get stripped once.”

Edwards, 21, was also called “not a pure point guard by any means, but Boston has had a lot of luck with guys who are pure lead guards.” Other observations on the Purdue product include “Defensively he’s competitive, but his size hurts him there. Probably need to match him with good defenders around him.”

The Celtics traded for Edwards’ draft rights from the Philadelphia 76ers in June. Edwards, the third pick in the second round (33rd overall) of the 2019 draft, spent three collegiate seasons at Purdue University under head coach Matt Painter.

With the Boilermakers, Edwards averaged 17.8 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 2.5 assists in 29.4 minutes per game and 108 total appearances, shooting 41.2% from the field, 36.8% from deep, and 81.7% from the free throw line.

The point guard appeared in five Summer League exhibitions for Boston in July, too, averaging 19.4 points and 1.4 assists a contest.