Tremont Waters has been named G-League Player of the Month for November

Photo of Tremont Waters courtesy of Winslow Townson/AP

I’ve mentioned this before, but it is worth mentioning again. I have a friendly wager with my buddy on Tremont Waters’ NBA career length. He likes to make fun of me because of my affinity for little guys. He laughed at me when I said Waters was an NBA back-up. He hasn’t earned that quite yet, but everything we’ve seen is proving that he’s on his way.

Waters was named the NBA G-League Player of the Month in November. He lit it up with over 22 points per game and and almost eight assists per contest.

We’ve been hearing about the Celtics’ rookies for months. They have plenty. Romeo Langford was the Celtics lottery pick and has played well for the Maine Red Claws when healthy. Grant Williams seems NBA-ready with his basketball IQ (he’ll hit a three someday). Carsen Edwards is supposed to light it up with his scoring ability. Tacko Fall is 7’6” and has dominated at times for Maine. Even Javonte Green has flashed his athleticism in limited opportunities.

Tremont Waters has remained under the radar and steady. He showed potential in the Summer League and earned a two-way contract. He got called up to the Boston Celtics for a game and looked like he belonged. Well, at least his play did.

Players on two-way contracts are assigned to their team’s G-League affiliate and can be part of the NBA team for 45 days throughout the season. This includes practice days. With his recent call-up, Waters has 43 days left.

With his confidence growing while playing for Maine, he looks like he is worthy of a real roster spot right now. Marcus Smart may potentially miss some time, so Waters could be an option. When the Celtics are fully healthy there aren’t any minutes for Waters, but he can come up in a pinch and contribute.

I’m going to remain bullish on Waters because I think he is an NBA player. You can’t draw up his developmental plan any better to this point. He’s passing every test along the way. Heck, he’s exceeding those tests.

If he continues to play the way he did in November, you can expect him to earn minutes for the Celtics at points this year when some regulars need to sit out a game or two. More importantly, it looks like I’m on my way to shoving my prediction down my buddy’s throat.

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