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The Celtics Tacko Fall Needed Just One Practice to Prove He is NBA Ready

Tacko Fall might be one of the tallest people in the world. He stands at 7-foot-6 with an 8-4 wingspan, making him a dream recruit for any NBA basketball team. Despite his measurables, he was something of a risky pick in the 2019 NBA draft. Fall wasn’t drafted, but the Celtics took a chance and signed him, and he needed only one practice to prove he has what it takes to play in the NBA.

Tacko Fall’s draft status

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Despite his enormous size, Tacko Fall was not selected in the 2019 NBA draft. In June 2019, Fall signed an exhibit 10 contract with the Boston Celtics that made him eligible to play for the Celtics in the NBA summer league. He quickly became a star, averaging seven points and four rebounds per game. 

In July 2019, the Boston Celtics signed him to a two-way contract. That means he will spend most of the season playing in the G League for the Maine Red Claws. He is also eligible for 45 days of NBA play on the Celtics’ roster. Danny Ainge, the Celtics general manager, is making it a priority to monitor Tacko Fall’s development closely in the coming months. 

Fans, on the other hand, are ready for Fall to join the Celtics right now. Tacko-Mania has taken over the city of Boston, and fans are ready to embrace him as one of their own. Fans in Orlando chanted “We Want Tacko” when he recently played against the Orlando Magic at the Amway Center. Time will tell if the Celtics can hold onto one of the tallest players in NBA history. 

Tacko Fall’s college career

Tacko Fall attended the University of Central Florida for four years and recently graduated. He worked hard at getting an education and made the academic honor roll several times. During his collegiate career, Fall played center for the Knights and led the team to their first NCAA tournament in 2019 after averaging 11 points and 7.6 rebounds in his senior year. 

How Fall proved he was ready for the NBA

Tacko Fall is known for his insane slam dunks. With his stature, he barely has to jump. Julius Erving of the Philadelphia 76ers coined the term posterize, referring to an offensive player that throws down a dunk against a defensive player. The play must be spectacular enough to turn it into a photo for a poster. 

Fall knows a thing or two about posterizing opponents with his many amazing displays of dunk shots. At training camp, he took on 6-11 Enes Kanter and finished the play with a huge dunk. Fall and Kanter are now affectionately referred to as the “International Twin Towers.”

Frenchman Vincent Poirier, who stands seven feet, also fell victim to the incredible dunking power of Tacko Fall. As Fall battles to make the Celtics’ roster, his teammates are impressed with his skills. It is quickly becoming clear that Fall is ready for the NBA.

What will his role be with the Celtics this season?

The Celtics Tacko Fall needed just one practice to show he's an NBA ready player.
Tacko Fall enters the game. | Harry Aaron/Getty Images

The starting center position for the Celtics this season is up for grabs. Al Horford took off for Philly in free agency, and Aron Baynes is now on the Phoenix Suns roster. 

Kanter, Poirier, and Robert Williams figure to be the main frontline players for the Celtics. It is highly unlikely Fall will start as center any time this season. If and when he comes up to the NBA, it will most likely be as a rotation player who probably sees most of his time on the court when the Celtics are enjoying a blowout.  Fall has had his share of injuries over the years, so the coaching staff is being cautious with his amount of play. They want to keep him healthy as he develops into a stronger player, reducing the risk of further injury. 

It has yet to be seen if Tacko Fall will even earn the remaining opening on the Celtics 15-man roster. What is known, is that the fans go crazy every time Fall is on the floor and they are begging coach Brad Stevens and the front office to let him stay.