Robert Williams’ work this summer hasn’t gone unnoticed. Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens gives Williams some positive recognition, as the summer comes to an end, and the training camp begins.
Boston Celtics big man Robert Williams will be expected to have a larger role as he heads into his second year in the NBA. The Celtics were in need of a center and drafted Williams in the first round of the 2018 NBA Draft with their 27th overall pick.
The Texas A&M product quickly made a name for himself during his rookie season in Boston. Due to being late to team meetings and even missing a team flight, Williams earned himself the nickname of “Time Lord”. In a limited role for the Celtics last season, rookie Robert Williams averaged 8.8 minutes per game and 2.5 points per game.
During summer league, Williams showcased his skills; something that the Boston Celtics didn’t get to see much of during his rookie season. His unique athletic ability is what made him a first round pick in 2018. In the summer league game against the Memphis Grizzlies, “Time Lord” racked up 16 points, 16 rebounds, and 4 assists.
Early on this summer, you could tell there was a different kind of drive in Robert Williams. Noticing a change in his speed, NBC Sports Boston’s A. Sherrod Blakely, asked Williams if he lost any weight in the off season. Williams responded by saying “I dropped 6 pounds, but I’m still a problem.”
In a more recent interview, Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens, had some pretty great things to say about his second year center. Having Williams in the Celtics rotation is an underrated element for the team. From his new found shooting skills, to his versatility around the basket, Williams is going to play a role in this Boston Celtics team.
“Rob Williams has put in as good a summer as anybody. Just seeing him up close has been fun. He’s been here a lot. He’s really working hard.” Celtics coach Brad Stevens
Stevens also said he could switch centers depending on the matchup. Obviously, the Celtics bigs all have different skill sets.
— Jay King (@ByJayKing) September 3, 2019
I personally think that Williams will become versatile enough to play multiple positions (if needed). I know it seems crazy, but I guess I can foresee coach Stevens inputting different rotations that are built around two BIG’s on the floor at once. Williams, along with another one of Boston’s talented centers, could certainly fit that role.
For now, Celtics Nation has to be pleased with Williams’ progression, as he heads into his sophomore year in the NBA. With the stacked Eastern Conference teams, the Celtics are going to need Williams to be ready on any given night.
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