The Boston Celtics drafted Robert Williams III back in 2018 with the 27th overall pick. Williams had fallen in the draft due to concerns about his work ethic. He immediately came in and proved that right, missing team meetings and showing up late. He has since proven he can be an elite center in the NBA, and show up on time. Aside from the all-star duo of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, Robert Williams is the X factor.
Williams Pick and Roll Ability
Rob Williams is small for an NBA center, he stands at around 6’8″, but his 7’5″ wingspan and crazy jumping ability make up for his height at his position. His best attribute on the court is his dunking. His ability to go up and catch lobs from his teammates makes him a real threat offensively.
Williams allows for his teammates to drive to the hoop with multiple options. Specifically Tatum, Brown, and Smart. Those three are generally starting alongside Williams. They all can score themselves on the drive. When you add Williams into the mix, It is extremely difficult for opposing defenses to cover a player of Tatum or Brown’s level when they can score on just about anyone, or throw a pass up to the rafters and have Williams throw it down.
Williams Sneaky Playmaking Ability
As a player who spends very little time with the ball in his hands, Williams has shown he can be a very smart playmaker. He only averages one assist a game, but there is more to his passing than assists. He can keep the play alive, and give the team second chances.
Williams’s threat to score in the paint attracts defenders, and he has no issue passing it back out for a better look. Williams was looked at as unselfish coming into the NBA. That was seen as a weakness in his game, but he has grown as a scorer and defender, which now makes him an even better player offensively.
As one of the best rebounders on his team, he can make the right reads on offensive rebounds. He knows when he should go straight up and when to kick it out to the perimeter and hope for a better look.
Williams Is An Elite Defender
Williams has shown he is an extremely talented defender, he has already set the Celtics record for blocks in a playoff game with 9 blocks. On top of that, he did that in just 23 minutes.
Williams has averaged more than one block a game every season he has been in the league. He is averaging 1.7 blocks per game this season, He ranks 9th in the league in blocks per game of players who have played 20+ games.
His athleticism allows him to block shots both in the paint and on the perimeter. During his 9 block playoff performance, he blocked James Hardens patented step-back three-pointer. Separation from his man is negated due to his vertical and his wingspan.
Williams has the chance to be the third piece in the Celtic’s potential big 3. His talent is just starting to show as he *knocks on wood* has finally been healthy for more than just a short stint. He has the potential to become a well-rounded star in today’s NBA. He’ll never be a player who creates his own shot off the dribble, but with Tatum and Brown by his side, that is not what the team is asking him to do.
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