Tremont Waters may have been the last player taken among the four picks by the Celtics on draft night in 2019, but he was far from an afterthought for Boston's braintrust after going No. 51 overall.
One team source raved about Waters in the days after the draft to BSJ, indicating that the team had the 5-foot-10 point guard in the top-30 overall in the 2019 draft class. Getting him at No. 51 would be a steal and allow the team to get him plenty of reps with the Maine Red Claws on a two-way contract before his eventual ascension to a roster spot.
That premonition came to life this season and was capped with a noteworthy honor on Thursday as the NBA announced Waters has been named the G-League Rookie of the Year. The LSU product averaged 18.0 points, 7.3 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 1.89 steals in 36 games for Maine, ranking sixth in the assists per game.
The honor adds to a long list of G-League accolades for the 22-year-old Waters this season after the being named G-League Player of the Month in November and being named to the Midseason All-NBA G-League team for the Eastern Conference. Waters ended up playing in 36 of Maine’s 42 games this season before the remainder of the schedule was cancelled earlier this month, leading the Red Claws to a 28-14 record.
“We are so happy for Tremont,” said President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge in a release. “He had a fantastic G League season on both ends of the court, and continued to improve all the facets of his game while leading a winning team. This recognition is well-deserved.”
While Waters’ G-League rookie campaign has come to an end, his rookie season with the Celtics as a two-way player has not. Let’s investigate what Waters role could be with Boston in the Orlando bubble as well as beyond this season.
Will Waters be eligible for playoffs in Orlando?