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Just imagine if Tacko Fall makes Celtics full-time roster

We may find out why Danny Ainge wants to hold on to Tacko

I just never envisioned a 7'5", 331-lb. Senegalese giant to make the Celtics roster. But that is just what Elhadji Tacko Sereigne Diop Fall may accomplish. Tacko, as he is known to us, is once again on the Maine Red Claws G League roster, and he insists, as do his teammates, that he has upped his game.

Coach Brad Stevens has a reputation for not favoring bigs that fall (no pun) into the "old-school" category - back-to-the-basket, can't hit the long ball - that kind of stuff. That describes Tacko, but the tag can change.

Danny Ainge originally signed the "Green Giant" to an Exhibit 10 deal when he went un-drafted in 2019. A look at what his per-36-minute stats from his rookie campaign show: 25.1 PPG, 21.9 RPG, 5.9 BPG, 1.5 SPG and 78.6% accuracy from the field. His propensity for fouling (10.2 per 36 minutes) and being slow afoot were the major negatives in his game.  Imagine this! Fall measures 7'7" in shoes - has a stupendous wingspan (8'2.25") - and a standing reach of 10'2,25": Tacko is literally Fall-The-Wall on defense, covering an area 10-feet high and 8-feet wide. He could be a killer on finishing lob passes, blocking (or intimidating) shots  - and a menace covering in-bounds passes.

Tacko just turned 25 years of age, and if he continues to improve, the League had better watch out. He remains a raw talent at this stage, but he could become a major force at both ends of the court with some strengthening, mobility drills and seasoning. Heaven help Celtics opponents if that ever comes to fruition. And may I mention, THE FANS LOVE HIM.



Elhadji Tacko Sereigne Diop Fall

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