Celtics rookie point guard Tremont Waters on Thursday was named the NBA G League’s rookie of the year.
Waters, the 51st pick of the 2019 draft, signed a two-way contract with the Celtics last summer and spent much of this season with the team’s G League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws. Over 36 games he averaged 18 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.9 steals. He helped the Red Claws to a 28-14 record and an Atlantic Division crown.
“We are so happy for Tremont,” Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said in a statement. “He had a fantastic G League season on both ends of the court, and continued to improve all the facets of his game while leading a winning team. This recognition is well-deserved.”
In 10 games with the Celtics this year, Waters averaged 3.3 points and 1.2 assists. Waters is expected to accompany the Celtics to Orlando when they resume the season next month. Two-way contract players are generally not eligible to compete in the playoffs, but there is a chance that rule could be waived this season to give teams more flexibility in case of injuries or illnesses.