Water Rising and Maximum Strus-Drive

One feather Danny Ainge certainly can put under his cap throughout all the turmoil of these last twelve or so months, he’s excelled at finding diamonds in the rough. All through Summer League I watched cast-offs soar above expectations and make me wonder how they flew so below everyone else’s radar?

You may think I’m speaking from hyperbole, but I am not. Tremont Waters is a real steal for where the C’s snagged him late in the 2nd round. I know Carsen Edwards collected the most style points in Summer League, but Waters feel for the game is unmatched between the two. Excelling at scoring off the dribble, Waters made a living leading LSU to a 28-7 mark. Breaking the record for total assists for a freshman at LSU (198) previously held by Ben Simmons. Waters is extremely crafty and doesn’t let his diminutive 5’9 stature stop him. In fact, there’s an argument to be made he can cut the mustard on the defensive side to go along with his mechanics on offense. Waters alertness is goes fairly unsung. His uncanny ability to invade the passing lanes shouldn’t be ignored. Waters concluded his 2019 Summer League run leading the team in minutes per game as well as averaging 11.2 points, a team high 4.8 assists, and 2.0 steals

The Celtics next two-way contract player is DePaul product Max Strus. Where Waters exceeds at getting to the basket, Strus doesn’t possess a quick first step and relies on his jump shot for production. At times Strus looks prolific. Moving extremely well off the ball he can get to his spots on the floor. Strus is a relatively solid defender and above-average rebounder, nearing 6 per game at DePaul. What Strus will need to work on during his frequent stints in the G-League is his sometimes spotty shot selection, and his history of foot injuries leaves doubt he’ll hold his own on defense for very long.

I still think Strus can carve himself a niche role on this Celtics team running off screens set by Grant Williams on the third unit. Given mediocre teams during his collegiate career Strus earned the reputation as being somewhat of a bad team player. However, this potentially is overblown and means very little.

Strus’ name wasn’t called on draft night and the Celtics picked him up soon after in time for SL. He averaged 9.8 points per game and shot 45 percent from three for the Celtics.

Author: sailboatstudios

Hack. Amateur. Professional quitter.

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