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Celtics need to find a slot for Tremont Waters next season

 I am not writing this accolade for Tremont Waters based solely on his solid performance versus the Knicks yesterday, although it does play a role. In the Celtics 96-92 loss, and despite a few miscues early (3 turnovers), Waters contributed 17 points, five rebounds, five assists and a team-high plus minus of +20.


He is the pass-first backup point guard that The Green needs. Granted, he would most-likely be the second PG off the bench behind Payton Pritchard, but Payton has shown to be more of a scorer than facilitator.

Tremont's per-36-minutes stats reveal 9.4 assists per game, along with 2.3 steals/game and a 94.1 % accuracy on free throws. He leads the team in all three categories on a 36-minute basis

One other point. Opponents can't leave the 5'10" guard alone past the 3-point line. He hits roughly 40% (.395) of the long balls, and Tre' was 3-of-8 on treys yesterday

This off-season will be a time of significant change for the Boston Celtics, and right now, the team has only one able facilitating point guard in the body of Marcus Smart. The Green need another one, and his name is Tre Waters. He is skilled and fun to watch - and he needs a break (per Wikipedia):

On July 12, 2019, Waters' father was found dead at a Super 8 Hotel room in West Haven, Connecticut in an apparent suicide. Despite this, Waters played 32 minutes in the tournament game the following day, July 13. The Celtics fell short to the Grizzlies and were eliminated from Summer League Championship contention despite a 16-point effort from Waters.

This is the right move for Celtics boss, Danny Ainge. It does appear that coach Brad Stevens has limited fondness for the "little guys", but I loved the grit and fast pace shown by Waters, Pritchard, Carsen Edwards and Romeo Langford against the New York Knicks and I would like to see more of it. 


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