Celtics Rookies Already Doing Plenty to Make Fans Forget About 2018-19 Disappointment

2019 NBA Draft Combine - Day 1
2019 NBA Draft Combine - Day 1 / Stacy Revere/Getty Images

Last year was (seriously, don't laugh) hard for Celtics fans. A season filled with ambition and optimism was slowly broken down, and the departures of Kyrie Irving and Al Horford left Boston without a star.

But, a quick turnaround was all Danny Ainge needed to get his fan base back on its feet. The signing of All-Star point guard Kemba Walker to replace the now out-of-favor Irving revitalized a demoralized fanbase, and a draft class that has impressed early has Celtics fans almost as optimistic as a season ago.

A 2019 draft class bearing the resemblance of a potential NCAA "All-Star" squad quickly became the core of an impressive Summer League team -- Purdue's Carsen Edwards, Tennessee's Grant Williams, and LSU's Tremont Waters joined forces with Texas A&M's Robert Williams III and UCF's Tacko Fall to create a squad filled with big names from collegiate basketball (even while Indiana's Romeo Langford rested an injured thumb).

And boy, have they impressed.

Through three games, Edwards is averaging 19 points. Grant Williams is posting 11 points and 6.7 rebounds. Tacko Fall is shooting 77%. And every rookie, with the exception of Langford, is getting meaningful minutes.

Buckle in, Boston. The future may be closer than you think.