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Is the perception of Tacko Fall as a heavy-footed plodder valid?

There is a perception by some NBA analysts that the Boston Celtics Tacko Fall is a heavy-footed plodder on the court. The "heavy" part is correct - he weighs 311 pounds. And at 7'7" in height, he is a legitimate giant. Don't expect him to run the court like Bill Russell, or even Robert Parish. And in the modern age, he certainly will never move like Jayson Tatum, who appears to run the court as though he is powered by some anti-gravity machine. He seems to literally float as he moves - one sign of true athleticism.


Tacko certainly isn't a high-level athlete, but very few giants are. Heavy-footed for a very large center? I think not. His vertical leap won't break any records, but the total height reached on his leap certainly did.


How about agility. Once again, no records broken here, but take a look. Give it the eye test. His agility is more than sufficient for his projected role, and it can be improved.


The Green Giant will be battling for that 15th Boston Celtics roster spot in the impending training camp. Danny Ainge was intrigued enough to sign Fall to an Exhibit 10 contract because he didn't want him to get away, at least until he saw more of Tacko. The Exhibit 10 contract can be converted into a 2-way deal prior to the start of the regular season. Training camp and exhibition games will determine where Tacko ends up.

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