Boston Celtics: Evaluating their young players at the mid-way point

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Robert Williams

Coming out of Texas A&M, Robert Williams was a two-time SEC Defensive Player of the year in 2017 and 2018. He joined the Boston Celtics as an established rim protector who averaged 2.5 blocks per game while with the Aggies.

Williams made his mark on the Celtics during his rookie season when he blocked Anthony Davis twice in a game that helped the Celtics to a 113-110 victory. Throughout his three years in Boston, Williams has slowly – but effectively – improved his overall game to the point where he is a viable rotational option for the Celtics this season.

Now in his third season, Williams has displayed to bring high energy to the offense when he enters the game. More often than not, he is in the air awaiting for the ball above the basket. On the offensive end for Williams, it would be exceptionally great to see him create a mid-range jump shot for himself within 10 to 15 feet of the basket.

On defense, Williams is a rim protector and shot blocker. One of his biggest improvements this season is staying disciplined and not jumping on up-fakes from shooters. Using every inch of his incredible 7’6” wingspan, Williams ranks in the top five of the NBA with 1.8 blocks per game this season – which also leads the Celtics.

Prior to the start of the season, Williams told reporters that he’s ready to make an impact this season. And so far, he’s followed through.

“I honestly feel like I’ll make a great jump this year. Not only for myself but also for my team.” – Robert Williams, per John Karalis of MassLive

Williams has stayed true to his word and has been one of the most productive players on the team this season. He is averaging 6.9 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks per game this season. Williams ended the first half of the season ranked in the top 10 with a 77.8 block percentage.

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