Three quick takeaways from the Celtics' first 2019 Summer League game


While the NBA Summer League continues to grow as an event, there’s only so much to take from these games. For the Celtics rookies, its a chance to get a taste of pro ball, while some players, like Tacko Fall, get the chance to prove their worth.

The Celtics won their first game against the 76ers 96-82, though that’s not too important.

Here are three things worth noting:


Grant Williams’ approach

Celtics Summer League coach Scott Morrison clearly painted an accurate picture of Williams leading up to the start of Summer League.

He’s capable of doing whatever’s asked of him and does not hesitate. Williams may not be the best at any one thing, but he is sufficient-to-good at almost everything.

Also, I like that Morrison used Williams as a sub. If he’s going to contribute to the Celtics in any capacity this upcoming season, it’s going to be as a sub with short minutes. It’s best to give him 15-20 minutes each game like the Celtics did on Sunday (19) to give him a taste of what’s to come in 2019-20.

Grant Williams said it didn’t matter to him that he didn’t start. He just wanted to impact the game and help us win. (He did.) He did admit though that it was very different, and that the experience of coming off the bench was a new one for him.

— Boston Celtics (@celtics) July 6, 2019

Carsen Edwards isn’t shy

This subhead isn’t a commentary about Edwards’ short shorts, but I will say, I’m not convinced those were regulation size.

In looking at his play, this is exactly what Edwards was expected to be. He jacked up 17 shots in 28 minutes and shot 41.2 percent from the floor, 41.7 percent on 5-for-12 shooting from deep, to finish with 20 points. Now, that’s all well and good, but he could easily shoot poorly on Monday. It’s Summer League.

From his performance on Saturday, we now know he has a go-go motor, brings the effort on both ends of the floor and is not afraid to take his shot wherever and whenever. This is all, of course, when his shot was on-point. Hopefully, we can get an idea of what he looks like on an off night in at least one these next three games to get a real gage of his demeanor.

Carsen Edwards was asked if he accomplished what he wanted to during his first game. His answer: “I did accomplish what I wanted to: winning.”

— Boston Celtics (@celtics) July 7, 2019

Guerschon Yabusele was disappointing

As much as you can’t put much stock in a player dominating a Summer League game, you can read a lot into a player performing poorly. Especially when he’s about to enter his third year in the league like Yabusele.

I didn’t expect much from him looking ahead to 2019-20, but even with the low expectations, today was tough to watch.