Like former Celtics star Isaiah Thomas, Tremont Waters is here to prove the skeptics wrong.
Boston selected the LSU guard in the second round with the 51st pick, but Waters believes he's as talented as the first rounders, he said at Monday's introductory press conference. He also mentioned another second round pick to play to the Boston crowd: Isaiah Thomas.
Tremont Waters wants to prove that a draft pick is just a number, just like Isaiah Thomas did pic.twitter.com/0LMo6tXOEz— Celtics on NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSCeltics) June 24, 2019
"(Thomas) was a smaller guard that came into the league with probably a lot of doubters. And he just showed that as long as he remains himself and plays basketball and has the heart he had, it's going to take care of itself."
Later in the day, Waters told Amanda Pflugrad of Celtics.com that Thomas is one of his role models. At 5-foot-11, Waters has some height on Thomas, but is still undersized compared to NBA point guards.
Thomas then responded by offering to talk with Waters, saying "short guys gotta stick together."
Tell em to holla at me! Us short guys gotta stick together lol https://t.co/TZ4IUQrwSX— Isaiah Thomas (@isaiahthomas) June 25, 2019
In two seasons at LSU, Waters averaged 15.6 points per game. Last year, he was an SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Year, All-SEC First Team member and Bob Cousy Award Finalist. He led the conference in both assists and steals per game.
Depending on whether or not the Celtics bring back Terry Rozier and Brad Wanamaker, Waters will have to dazzle in summer league for even a chance to compete for a position in Boston's crowded backcourt. The Celtics also drafted guards Romeo Langford and Carsen Edwards ahead of Waters.
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