If you followed any story line during the NBA Summer League “season”, you no doubt heard the name Tacko Fall. There are people with high hopes and then there are the naysayers. Which side of the ball are you on?
Born in Senegal in 1995, Tacko moved to the United States when he was 16 years old. Originally a soccer player, Tacko didn’t turn to basketball until later when he trained with Hakeem Olajuwon, one of the greatest centers the NBA has ever seen. With his height (7 feet 7 inches) it didn’t take long for Fall to be an effective player.
Tacko went to the University of Central Florida from 2015-2019 and during his senior year averaged 11 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. How will this translate to an NBA game? WILL IT turn into an NBA game?
NBA Summer League game logs with the Boston Celtics below:
Game 1: 10 minutes, 3-4 field goals, 0-2 free throws, 6 pts, 4 rebounds, 1 block, 1 foul
Game 2: 11 minutes, 5-5 field goals, 2-2 free throws, 12 pts, 2 rebounds, 1 block, 1 foul
Game 3: 16 minutes, 2-4 field goals, 0-2 free throws, 4 pts, 4 rebounds, 1 block, 3 fouls
Game 4: 17 minutes, 6-8 field goals, 0-0 free throws, 12 pts, 8 rebounds, 4 blocks, 3 fouls
Game 5: 6 minutes, 1-1 field goals, 0-0 free throws, 2 pts, 2 rebounds, 0 blocks, 2 fouls
So that’s what we’re working with. Crazy stats? No, of course not. Respectable stats? Certainly. I’m not saying the guy is a superstar, but could he be a serviceable NBA player? I think so. Plus the fact that he seems to already have a cult-like following. Everyone chants to put the big man in.
Look at the picture below. The guy is flat footed on his right foot, knees bent, elbows bent and he’s still almost dunking the ball. WOW!
One thing is for sure, I’ll enjoy watching what becomes of the legend of Tacko Fall.