The Boston Celtics have been one of the teams to watch during Summer League play, and there's one big reason why: his name is Tacko Fall, and he is taking the NBA by storm. The UCF product has quickly become one of the top attractions in Vegas, and has made a name for himself around the league with his unmatched size and impressive production. If you're not head-over-heels crazy about this guy's future in the league, here's a few reasons why you should be.
1. He's Underrated
Coming out of the University of Central Florida after a four-year stint, it was always the height that attracted attention to Tacko Fall, but because of his outlandish size, it was easy to overlook the other facets of his game that other big men were lacking. His touch, anticipation, and footwork have shown out at Summer League after he was overlooked on draft night.
2. Superstar Potential
Fall is a multifaceted big man can affect every aspect of the game when he is on the court. He finishes well around the basket, snatches any rebound within a few feet of his body, and can eliminate inside scoring as a rim protector-- not to mention he is 7-foot-7 with an eight-foot wingspan and will continue to get stronger with time. Although he is still a raw player that can't be overburdened with minutes, his production and improvement at Summer League teases big-time ability in the league.
3. His Game is Surprisingly Efficient
Tacko Fall is a quiet killer. He doesn't boast. You won't see him making a big deal after an alley-oop or a monster block. He just does what he does, and he does it in a timely, efficient manner. In Summer League play, Fall has averaged 8.5 points on 76% shooting (!) with 4.5 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in an average of only 14 minutes per game for the Celtics. The bottom line? Tacko knows how to use his court time wisely. Not a lot of rookies can say that for themselves.
4. He's HUGE!
The best thing about Tacko Fall is that you simpy cannot miss him! He's larger than life, and would tie with Manute Bol and Gheorghe Muresan as the tallest NBA players ever once he makes his full debut. What makes this really special is the weight he carries on that frame, as he weighs 311 pounds. The weight permits him to be physical inside and bang with a wide range of big men, and also allows even better opportunities to finish down low. There's no telling how good Fall can be if he can stay healthy and work his butt off.