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Two-Way Tracker: Meet New Celtics Guard Tremont Waters

By Jake Winderman | August 26, 2019

Player: Tremont Waters

College: LSU (2017-2019)

Height/Weight: 5-foot-11, 175 pounds

NBA Team/NBA G League Affiliate: Boston Celtics/Maine Red Claws

College Breakdown: Waters comes to the Celtics’ organization by way of Baton Rouge, where he spent two seasons at LSU, earning All-SEC First Team honors during his sophomore year and All-Freshman Team honors his rookie year. Waters was selected with the No. 51 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics after averaging 15.3 points, 5.8 assists and 2.9 steals per game in his final season with the Tigers. The Connecticut-native led the SEC in steals per game in each of his two collegiate seasons, and was the conference leader in assists per game during his sophomore campaign. Waters was named the 2018-19 SEC Defensive Player of the Year and helped lead LSU to the Sweet 16 during his final season in Baton Rouge. During the 2018-19 season, Waters recorded eight games of 20+ points, nine games of 4+ steals and five games of 10+ assists. The former Tiger finished his NCAA career as a 34% shooter from beyond the arc and hit at least one 3-pointer in all but two games during his sophomore year.

Scouting Report: Waters is a shifty, athletic point guard with a gamut of go-to moves and a variety of ways to get the ball in the bucket. The former LSU star is within shooting-range the second he crosses the half-court line, and has the athleticism and quickness to find his way to the rim around bigger defenders. Waters is terrific in the pick-and-roll, using his above-average basketball IQ to quickly identify whether the play will end up in an alley-oop, a pull-up jumper or a complete reset. He’s a more than capable scorer in isolation as well, with a quick jump shot and the ability to transition from dribble-move to jumper seamlessly. Defensively, Waters answers all questions about his size and ability with pest-like defense, forcing turnovers and loose balls wherever he seems to be. Waters will be consistently switched and forced to defend players bigger than himself at the next level, but his active hands and lightning-quick instincts should cement his ability to defend larger guards.

Organizational Fit: With the addition of Kemba Walker in the offseason, tenure established by Marcus Smart and the drafting of two other ball-handling guards in Carsen Edwards and Romeo Langford, Waters may have to wait before he sees significant rotational minutes at the NBA-level. Boston’s NBA G League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws, have done an excellent job developing other Celtics guards while they await their shot at playing time in the Association. Terry Rozier, Marcus Smart, P.J. Dozier, R.J. Hunter and Kris Joseph are just a few of the guards the Red Claws have groomed since affiliating themselves solely with the Boston Celtics.

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