Carsen Edwards

Carsen Edwards

23-Year-Old GuardG
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2021 Fantasy Outlook
The 23-year-old guard has struggled to find a role in his first two seasons with the Celtics. He's appeared in just 68 games and has averaged 3.6 points on 37.2 percent shooting. Despite his struggles, Memphis is content taking on young projects, as the organization seems to still be working on a rebuild despite relative success over the past two seasons. That said, expectations should be tempered for Edwards, who likely won't see action every game. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $4.53 million contract with the Celtics in July of 2019. Traded to the Grizzlies in September of 2021. Waived by the Grizzlies in September of 2021.
Personal Bio

Carsen Cade Edwards was born in Houston. He has one brother, Jai. He attended Atascocita High School, where early on he played both basketball and football. After his sophomore year, he decided to focus on basketball. After his junior high school season of hoops, the Houston Chronicle named Edwards basketball Player of the Year. After his senior season, Edwards was named to the MaxPreps All-America Fourth Team and received first-team All-State honors. The guard played on the US national team for the 2017 FIBA Under-19 Basketball World Cup in Egypt, where they won a bronze medal. Edwards also played for the US national team for the 2017 Taipei Universiade and earned a silver medal. Edwards is good friends with Patriots linebacker Ja'Whaun Bentley, whom he met while they both attended Purdue. Learn more about Edwards on Instagram @cboogie_3 and on Twitter @Cboogie_3.

College/International Summary

Carsen Edwards played three years for the Purdue Boilermakers. During the 2016-17 season, Edwards was the only Big Ten freshman to drain at least 45 three-pointers (49) and gather at least 35 steals (36). The speedy guard played in all 36 games for Purdue, averaging 10.3 points and 1.4 made threes per contest. In his sophomore season, Edwards became a permanent starter, nearly doubling his scoring to 18.5 points per game. More importantly, he led the Boilermakers to their first-ever 30-win season. That success led Edwards to being named to the First Team All-Big Ten squad. Returning to Purdue for his junior season, Edwards increased his scoring to 24.3 points per contest. Edwards would lead Purdue all the way to the South Regional Final in the NCAA Tournament, where the Boilermakers would lose to Virginia despite Edwards' 42 points. He was named to the All-American Second-Team by the (USBWA), First Team All-Big Ten and later the Most Outstanding Player in the South Region of the Tournament.

Waived by Memphis
GFree Agent
September 23, 2021
Edwards has been waived by the Grizzlies.
ANALYSIS
Edwards appeared in 68 games with Boston over the past two seasons before being dealt to Memphis along with Kris Dunn for Juancho Hernangomez in early September. Although the former second-round selection in 2019 may not find time on an NBA roster next season, Edwards should at least attract attention from teams in the G League.
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2020

In his second year in the Association, Edwards appeared in 31 of Boston's 72 games, with one start. On Jan. 24, the second-year guard tied his career-high with 18 points and grabbed a career-best five rebounds during a home win over Cleveland. On Feb. 5, the Purdue product posted 16 points, four rebounds and two assists over 30 minutes in a road win over the Clippers. Two nights later, Edwards received his lone start of the season and recorded two points, one rebound and one steal over 17 minutes of play in a loss at Phoenix. For the season, Edwards scored in double digits in five games. He had 10 games in which he played at least 12 minutes. For the season, Edwards delivered 4.0 points, 0.8 rebounds, 0.5 assists and 0.2 steals over 8.9 minutes per game. He shot 42.3 percent from the field and 84.6 percent from the charity stripe. Edwards hit 0.6 three-pointers per game and shot 28.6 percent from behind the arc. The guard appeared in two of Boston's five playoff games and scored five points in Game 2 of the opening series versus the Nets.

2019

After being selected by Boston in the second round (33rd overall) of the 2019 NBA Draft, Edwards appeared in 37 games for the Celtics and 13 for the G League's Maine Red Claws during the pandemic-shortened 2019-20 season. The rookie averaged 3.3 points, 0.6 assists, and 0.3 steals over 9.5 minutes per game for the Celtics. It took him just two NBA games to score in double digits for the first time in his career, as he posted 10 points along with three assists and two steals against the Knicks on Oct. 26. On Nov. 13, the Purdue product turned in his best game of the year, posting 18 points with four rebounds, three assists and four three-pointers against Washington. Edwards starred during his stint in the G League, averaging 23.3 points, 5.2 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.8 steals and 2.8 made three-pointers across 34.3 minutes per game. On Feb. 1, Edwards popped for 41 points, five rebounds, three dimes and two steals, helping the Red Claws to a win over Greensboro. The Celtics were one of 22 teams invited to the Orlando bubble for seeding and subsequent playoff games. Edwards appeared in two seeding games, playing a total of nearly 35 minutes and delivering a combined total of 15 points, three three-pointers, four rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block. The rookie made his NBA playoff debut Sept. 7 in Game 5 of the second round against Toronto, pulling down a rebound in 3:28 of action.

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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2020
2019
During a season when the Celtics really could have used points off the bench, Edwards missed a nice opportunity as a rookie. Instead, the Purdue product appeared in only 37 of 72 possible games for Boston -- also spending time with the G League Red Claws. Edwards never found his shooting stroke, hitting only 32.8 percent of his attempts. That inaccuracy made it harder for coach Brad Stevens to overlook Edwards' defensive limitations. The 6-foot-1 guard now faces competition from newly signed Jeff Teague and rookie Payton Pritchard, as well as returning two-way player Tremont Waters, for back-up point guard duties. Neither Edwards nor Waters saw anything close to meaningful minutes at the end of last season, and expectations should probably stay low for Edwards in 2020-21.
With Edwards, is Boston looking at Isaiah Thomas 2.0? The diminutive Purdue rookie has a knack for creating his own shot, which was on full display during Summer League, where Edwards averaged 19.4 points from only 23 minutes per game. Clearly, Danny Ainge saw something he liked, quickly signing the second-round pick Edwards to a four-year agreement. Edwards averaged 24.3 points per game during his last season at Purdue while shooting 35 percent from behind the arc. But let's all take a deep breath. Edwards is squarely behind star Kemba Walker and Marcus Smart on the Celtics' point guard depth chart, though Smart will also see time as a wing. The 21-year-old's best-case scenario for 2019-20 is to fill the role Terry Rozier played last year, which would mean a generous 22 minutes per game. That's probably a stretch, especially if fellow rookie Romeo Langford's thumb heals as expected before Oct. 1. Boston views Edwards and Langford as long-term scoring threats with upside. How much of that upside we get to view this season is debatable.
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Moved to Memphis
GMemphis Grizzlies
September 3, 2021
Edwards -- along with Kris Dunn and a 2026 second-round pick -- was traded from the Celtics to the Grizzlies on Friday for Juancho Hernangomez, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
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Receives many minutes in finale
GBoston Celtics
May 18, 2021
Edwards logged 10 points (4-13 FG, 2-8 3Pt), two rebounds and one steal in 27 minutes during a 96-92 loss to the Knicks on Sunday.
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Out of rotation
GBoston Celtics
April 16, 2021
Edwards is averaging 4.2 minutes, 0.8 points, 0.2 rebounds and 0.2 assists over five games in the month of April.
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Plays 16 minutes off bench
GBoston Celtics
March 28, 2021
Edwards posted 12 points (5-8 FG, 2-3 3Pt) off the bench in Saturday's win over Oklahoma City.
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Sees four minutes in loss
GBoston Celtics
March 18, 2021
Edwards committed one foul and was otherwise shut out during four minutes of run in Wednesday's loss at Cleveland.
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