Alright, I don’t mean to get carried away here. I realize this is a bold statement. Isaiah Thomas was one of the most beloved Celtics players to ever step on the hardwood. He sacrificed everything for that team, including the rest of his career. Yes, I said it, his career. Thomas played on a hip injury that was getting worse, and worse, by the second. Some say he did it for himself, in hopes of getting paid, which is true. However, I still think he put on for his city. He played through it. He also played through off-court distractions, like his sister’s death. Isaiah also had many, MANY historical nights while repping a Celtics jersey. So again, I am not trying to get carried away here.
That said, in terms of excitement, I think Carsen Edwards could become that little guy we all love. We all loved Isaiah largely because he was one of us. Edwards is listed at 6-1, but I don’t buy that for a SECOND. I am thinking he is sub 6-feet. Either way, he is still a regular sized kid like many of us were/are. Whether you want to buy into it or not, that draws interest. The guy that was told he was too short for his entire life, finally getting a shot on the big stage? That puts asses in seats.
It is not just the size that is pushing this narrative into our faces though. It is also his play. He has been a lightning rod in Summer League thus far. So, the jury is still out on whether or not that transfers to the league, but it is damn sure better than him stinking in Summer League.
I have said it for years: If you stink in Summer League then you just straight up STINK. However, if you are good or great in Summer League, it is at the very least a good sign and definitely a step in the right direction. Edwards has taken multiple steps in the right direction, to the point where I now feel he can be a legitimate backup for Kemba Walker. Crazy? Maybe. But at least let me hope.
Edwards has the size obstacle and the scoring-in-bunches ability we all loved Isaiah for. Who is to say he won’t develop into something like Isaiah was? The off-court things are out of anyone's control, but him becoming an undersized dynamite scorer that we LOVE? That does not seem so far-fetched to me. In fact, come the regular season, if he plays at all like has in Summer League, I would say it's more probable than not.