Robert Williams was perceived as a draft night steal when the Boston Celtics selected him at pick 27. What skills does he bring to the table, and does he deserve playing time next season?
Nobody expected Robert Williams to fall to the Boston Celtics. He averaged 10.4 points to go along with 9.2 rebounds and a staggering 2.6 blocks per game during his second season at Texas A&M and was widely regarded as a lottery-level talent. CBS Sports predicted in their final mock draft that Williams would be drafted 12th overall by the Los Angeles Clippers.
Robert was one of the top prospects leading up to the draft because teams were enamored with his athleticism and defensive potential. Williams excelled as a finisher around the rim, shooting 63.2% on the year. His elite athleticism allowed him to finish above the rim with ease, whether it was from lob passes or off the catch.
Also, defensively Robert is certainly NBA ready. He is an excellent interior defender who can block shots and switch onto perimeter players. His quickness is at an elite level for a big, which allows him to stay in front of guards. Williams is someone who realistically could be one of the best defenders in the NBA in a few seasons.
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The biggest concern with the young big man is not his talent, but his attitude. Robert was suspended the first two games to start his sophomore season for violating Texas A&M policy. Also, prior to the draft teams were concerned with his competitive spirit. It seems like his attitude problem was the only thing holding Williams back from being a lottery pick.
Robert Williams needs to prove himself during training camp if he wants a spot in the Celtics rotation. Players like Daniel Theis and Semi Ojeleye have already proven that they are NBA caliber talents, so Williams has to play very well. He needs to show to the Boston coaching staff that his defensive ability and rebounding are impactful enough for him to receive minutes.
Overall, expect Williams to not receive much playing time as a rookie. He has great potential, but the youngster is still very raw so it seems wise to let him hone his skills in the G League.