If you haven’t heard, the 7’6″ center Tacko Fall has signed an exhibit 10-day contract with the Boston Celtics following the NBA draft.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) June 21, 2019
Tacko Fall is the extremely tall center from UCF. He can add much-needed rebounding and rim protection to a weak Celtics frontcourt going into next season if he happens to make the roster. An exhibit 10 contract does NOT guarantee a roster spot nor counts on the salary cap. The Celtics can wave him at the end of the preseason and sign him to a G-league contract or a two-way contract if they choose. Boston decided not to take a center in this year’s NBA draft, electing to draft 3 guards, Romeo Langford, Carsen Edwards, and Tremont Waters. They also added a forward, Grant Williams from Tennessee. Without having much center depth on the team after trading Aron Baynes and most likely losing Al Horford, signing the giant from UCF seems like a great idea.
The Clippers are showing great interest in signing Al Horford, per @SteveBHoop.
— Carter Hutchison (@CarterTTSM) June 22, 2019
As of this moment, the Celtics have Just Robert Williams, if you considered him a center and Tacko Fall. I fully support this move from the Celtics given that the team didn’t have to use a draft pick on him, and who can go wrong picking up a 7’6″ center? With the Celtics looking to sign a big man in free agency like Vucevic, I would expect Tacko to get decent backup minutes this season if he performs well in the summer league and gets a real contract with the Celtics.
Tacko does, indeed, have a long way to go. He is an abysmal free-throw shooter, averaging 36% from the line in his Senior year. The lack of speed and ability to space the floor will be the main concern if he wants to make a genuine impact on a team.
Regardless of the role Tacko will play in the NBA, he will always be a crowd favorite. The uniqueness of Tacko is unparalleled in today’s NBA, giving him a large fanbase no matter where he goes.