Boston Celtics: Carsen Edwards the perfect understudy to Kemba Walker

Boston Celtics second-round pick Carsen Edwards is ready to take the NBA by storm, especially playing alongside All-Star guard Kemba Walker.

The Boston Celtics may have the steal of the 2019 NBA Draft.  No, we are not talking about No. 14 overall pick Romeo Langford or No. 22 overall pick Grant Williams.  We are talking about second-round pick Carsen Edwards.

While the Celtics two first-round picks could end up being steals in their own rights, the No. 33 selection overall in the NBA draft is the rookie who could make the most impact due to his scoring ability coming out of the University of Purdue and what he showed during the summer league.

In averaging 19.4 points on 47.9 percent shooting, Edwards showed that he not only has the scoring ability, but also the mentality to be a prolific scorer in the league.  The Celtics certainly believe so as they signed him to a four-year deal following the showing.

The contract not only solidified Carsen Edwards as a fascinating piece of the roster, it puts him in the perfect situation to succeed.

Speaking to NESN videographer Corey Parker during a recent workout at the Auerbach Center, the promising rookie guard talked about starting his career with the Boston Celtics and how it is a good fit for his ability.

“Team-wise, I feel like it’s one of the best organizations to start at,” Edwards said, via NESN.  “The winning mentality…the city, the sports they have here, the fanbase they have in Boston, I feel like it’s a good setup for me.  So, I’m just trying to earn a spot here and stay here.”

As a scoring guard, he is also in the perfect situation playing for his new head coach Brad Stevens.  With is previous success in coaching scoring point guards like Isaiah Thomas and Kyrie Irving, Stevens is a reason Kemba Walker is expected to shine in Boston.

With that, Edwards should find instant success in the Celtics system and what better way to learn the game than from a player in Walker he has been studying for quite a while.

“That’s the crazy part about it,” Edwards continued.  “I’ve looked up his game studies and studied his game so much, it seems almost unreal to be able to be playing with him. …I’m just hoping I can learn from him.”

In all, Carsen Edwards has shown a similar ability in scoring the basketball as Kemba Walker.  Above that, he has showing the type of defensive intensity Stevens loves in his players.  Along with his offensive and defensive skills, his attitude and focus are the biggest values of the second-round pick.

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The entire mix is exactly what Walker was entering the league out of the University of Connecticut, which makes Edwards the perfect understudy and gives the Boston Celtics a player who can contribute immediately.