The other little guy from the NBA draft, Tremont Waters, out to prove doubters wrong
What has happened to Danny Ainge? Has he suddenly developed an affinity for little guys - he took two of them in the second round of the NBA draft. You probably already know about the offensive spark plug, Carsen Edwards taken by Boston with the 33rd pick via Philadelphia. The Celtics then took Tremont Waters at #51.
How big is he? His listed at 5'10.75", so he will most likely be introduced at 5'11". He has a decent wingspan at 6'2.25" and a weight of 172.4 pounds. His hand width is remarkable - 9.75" - 1/4 inch more than Bol Bol's (9.5"). At LSU, he averaged 15.3 PPG, 2.8 RPG,and 5.8 APG. But his steals average of 2.9 thefts per game is what really stands out. He nailed 42% of his field goals and 33% of his treys.
“I’ve said this before, I’ve been doubted growing up playing basketball. I’ve always been small. My size isn’t going to change,” Waters told reporters. “I’ve been doubted in middle school. People said I wasn’t going to make it in high school, I’ve been doubted in high school. People said I wasn’t going to make it in college, I was doubted in college. People said I wouldn’t make it in the NBA, and now I’m here.”
“My biggest goal and achievement I want to achieve is to just prove that size doesn’t matter,” Waters continued. “It’s about the size of your heart and the size of the bubble that you’re in. You have to keep your circle small, but I have a huge boost of ambition within me.”
Late second-rounders that stand under 5'11" always have a battle ahead of them if they reach the NBA level. But Tremont feels he is ready, and who can doubt him. Frankly, after last season's debacle, Celtics fans just want their players to give all they have. It all starts with Summer League roughly a week from now. I would not doubt that Tremont's "huge boost of ambition" will propel him into some role in the Big League.