For the last two weeks, Celtics coach Brad Stevens has been able to get an up-close view of the C’s rookie class.
And over that time, Stevens certainty likes what he sees.
The contingent of rookies have started making a name for themselves this preseason with their impactful nature both on and off the court, which has brought high praise from Stevens, especially after the rookies carried play in the second half of Sunday’s 118-72 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Max Straus, who reportedly signed a two-year contract Sunday, scored a team-high 14 points against the Cavs and knocked down 4-of-5 treys in 17 minutes while Carsen Edwards and Tremont Waters both scored 11 points as sparkplugs off the bench.
“(Straus) is a big, strong guy, and he, Javonte (Green), Tacko (Fall), Waters and obviously the guys we drafted, (Romeo) Langford and Edwards and (Grant) Williams, that’s as good of a group of rookie workers that I’ve ever been around,” Stevens said. “They work, they all can play, and they all have a good impact on our environment, which is really important.”
Of the C’s four draftees, Williams, Edwards and Waters have flashed their potential, while Langford has been a few steps behind as he tries to recover from injuries. Williams and Edwards seem locks to play a role in the C’s secondary unit.
Of course, Fall has taken the C’s fanbase by storm and inked a two-way deal, and he might work in his way onto the C’s roster at some point this season.
Toss other guys like Straus and Green, who are both vying for a spot at the end of the roster, it gives the C’s plenty of rookies capable of contributing and they have seemed to earn Stevens’ trust to some degree.
“Those guys grind,” said Stevens of the rookies. “They are hard workers.”