After three Summer League games, including a 23 point performance against the Nuggets last night, I can officially say that Carsen Edwards is quickly becoming one of my favorite players on the Celtics roster.
In three Summer League games, Edwards is averaging 19 points (54% from the field), 2.7 rebounds, 1.7 assists, and 1.3 steals while playing a little over 24 minutes a game. Carsen’s been efficient every game and has quickly proved that he can contribute to the team right away next season.
Carsen Edwards first three summer league games:
Game 1: 20 points with 5 threes made
Game 2: 14 points 6/10 FG
Game 3: 23 points 8/12 FG 5/7 from three
Walking bucket pic.twitter.com/hDTtJFfcmH
— NBA Buckets (@NBA_Buckets) July 10, 2019
Carsen Edwards? Bucket 🔥
— NBA TV (@NBATV) July 10, 2019
#Celtics head coach Brad Stevens on Carsen Edwards:
"Everything he does on the court is violent…We're excited about him and his play and he's another guy who played for a great, great college program — great coach in Matt Painter."#Purdue pic.twitter.com/syozYXFAmn
— Andrew Pogar (@AndrewPogar) July 10, 2019
He’s impressed Brad Stevens, he’s impressed the fans, and he’s impressed me. Soon enough we’ll be getting a report that Carsen Edwards and the Boston Celtics have agreed to a contract. Edwards is going to be a fantastic backup point guard to Kemba Walker. Edwards has the green light to fire from three, and has a little Isaiah Thomas in him, I think.
Carsen Edwards or a second coming of Isaiah Thomas? pic.twitter.com/2Hm6Zd8aiA
— Wicked Take (@WickedTake) June 24, 2019
Carsen Edwards is Isaiah Thomas 2.0
— CelticsBlog (@celticsblog) June 21, 2019
I know this is only Summer League, and I could be getting way ahead of myself, but I love what I’ve seen from Carsen so far this summer. He isn’t the tallest player in the world, but his hard-working mentality and willingness to do whatever it takes to win makes up for it. Just like Brad Stevens said, everything he does is violent. He goes out onto the court and looks to make an impact with every move he makes. That’s the type of player you want on your team.
I’m hoping this Summer League team can go far just so we can see how Edwards and his teammates perform in big games. It would be really cool to see Edwards ball out in the Summer League playoffs against other big-name rookies.
At this point, it’s looking like Edwards could be in line to play big minutes off the bench next season. Sooner or later, he’ll become the team’s backup point guard. I’m excited about this kid’s potential and how far he can go in his career. He’s a walking bucket, and I’m hoping what he’s been doing in the Summer League carries over into the regular season.
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