After a three-year absence from the NBA, former Boston Celtics shooting guard Brian Scalabrine has found his way back to professional basketball. He’s currently playing for Turkish team Elazigspor and is building on his experience in the D-League to earn himself another shot at the big time.
The “nba games today” is a basketball player who has been playing for the Celtics, but now he has gotten his second chance. He will be playing for a different team this year.
Boston Celtics’ Carsen Edwards (Getty)
Following an outstanding March Madness tournament for Purdue, the Boston Celtics picked Carsen Edwards with the 33rd selection in the 2019 NBA draft.
Due to his propensity to score from deep, the five-foot-eleven guard was seen as a microwave scorer off the bench, and many believed he might evolve into a modern-day Eddie House. Despite many excellent performances in Summer League, Edwards was unable to enter the Celtics rotation and spent the most of his time with the team’s G-League club in Maine.
The Celtics broke ties with the small point guard after two seasons and 68 regular-season games, sending him to the Memphis Grizzlies as part of the trade transaction that brought Boston Juancho Hernangomez this summer. Unfortunately for Edwards, he never had a chance in Tennessee, as the Grizzlies released him soon after he joined the team, and the Texas native has spent the rest of his career in the G-League.
Sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium that the Detroit Pistons want to sign NBA G League guard Carsen Edwards to a two-year deal. This season, Edwards averaged almost 27 points per game for Salt Lake City of the G League.
April 3, 2022 — Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania)
However, Shams Charania of The Athletic reported on Sunday, April 3 that the former Celtics guard has earned a second shot in the NBA by signing a two-year contract with the Detroit Pistons.
Edwards had a fantastic season in the G-League.
Edwards has found himself suiting up with the Salt Lake City Stars after being dismissed by the Grizzlies. He has excelled in 31 games this season. Edwards has played 35.9 minutes a night with the Stars, averaging 26.7 points, 4.1 assists, and 2.4 rebounds while shooting 38.3 percent from three-point range and 46.4 percent overall.
If the former Celtics guard can bring some of that form into the NBA, he’ll have no trouble finding a spot in the Pistons’ rotation, since the club is in severe need of scoring off the bench and presently ranks 29th in the league in three-point percentage.
Edwards, 24, has played in 13 games for the Maine Red Claws in the G-League this season. Former Red Claws (now Maine Celtics) head coach Darren Erman, currently on the New York Knicks coaching staff, praised the sharpshooting guard during an appearance on the CelticsBlog podcast.
“He’s attempting to play the game properly.” He had to shoot for us throughout several games. On a back-to-back, he produced a 40-point game to help us defeat Greensborough.
Other times, he fit in well, he was learning shot selection, and his defense was excellent. He even performed the three pieces for us. “I felt he was pretty excellent when we pushed him to protect the top players in the G-League,” Erman remarked.
Edwards Fought to Break Into Boston’s Rotation
Edwards joined the Celtics at a time when they were in contention for a title. The club was regarded as one of the best in the Eastern Conference, with high hopes for success. Unfortunately for Edwards, the odds were always set against him as a second-round draft selection with nothing to offer other than his scoring ability.
Edwards was given a shot to win a position in the rotation by then-head coach Brad Stevens. Unfortunately, the Purdue alumnus failed to adjust to the NBA’s fast pace and often found his shots falling short, forcing him to the bench.
Sure, Edwards had strong nights in a Celtics uniform, like his 18-point performance against the Cleveland Cavaliers on January 24, 2021, or his 16-point performance against the Los Angeles Clippers on February 5, 2021 – but they were rare occurrences that were always seen as anomalies.
Edwards’ all-around game should have improved by now, and he should be able to secure a spot in the Pistons’ bench rotation since the club needs his talent; all he has to do now is produce at a consistent rate. Whatever the future holds for the former Celtics guard, all anybody can hope for is a second opportunity in the league.
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