Tacko Fall gained a lot of notoriety throughout his basketball career. Being one of the tallest players in the history of the NBA can have its challenges. But Fall has embraced being 7’5. Fall is using his height to his advantage playing on the professional level. He wears a size 22 shoe, which is not something you see every day.
From being a part OF Aaron Gordon’s dunk in the 2020 Slam Dunk Contest to gaining a lot of fans, Fall is starting to grow his celebrity status due to his height.
Tacko Fall’s NBA combine measurements were insane
During the 2019 NBA Draft Scouting Combine, Fall turned heads with his measurements. He measured at 7’7 with shoes on and posted an 8’2 1/4 wingspan and 10’2 1/2 standing reach. According to NBA.com, combine database Fall is the tallest player and has the longest wingspan and standing reach of any player.
There were a lot of concerns on whether or not Fall could be able to play in the league with his height and size. Many scouts did not think the center out of the University of Central Florida would have the quickness to match up with other NBA players.
Where did the height come from?
Many people wonder where Fall got this height from. Well, he did not get his height from his parents. Fall’s mother is 5’8, and his father is 6’0. Fall’s grandma used to tell him that his grandfather was tall. So, does that answer it? No one knows how tall his grandfather was, but we see the height doesn’t come from his parents.
For Fall, he has learned to play the game at a high level, given the fact that he is taller than most people. It’s not easy having that much height and size and trying to be successful on the professional level.
Tacko Fall’s professional career
After finishing his career at UCF, Fall decided to enter the 2019 NBA draft. He went undrafted but later signed with the Boston Celtics. His performance in the Summer League got him a two-way contract with the Celtics.
Fall made his debut with the Celtics on October 26, 2019, against the New York Knicks. He scored four points and grabbed three rebounds in four minutes of play. In his home debut against the Detroit Pistons, Fall finished the game with five points. He received a standing ovation from the crowd. The city of Boston loves Fall, and the fans embraced him immediately when they found out that he was going to be a part of the organization.
Fall has played in six NBA games averaging 3.2 points and 1.8 rebounds per game. In the G League, Fall has received a lot more playing time. He played in 29 games and started 11 averaging 12.9 points and 11.1 rebounds per game. If Fall can continue to work on his game and impress the coaching staff, he will soon be a regular in the NBA. With that size, he can serve as a value for the Celtics.