Robert Williams
Robert Williams
22-Year-Old CenterC
Boston Celtics
Out
Injury Hip
Est. Return 2/29/2020
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Williams' rookie season was a bit of a roller coaster. Championship aspirations at the start of Boston's season heavily implied that Williams would not see much floor time. Then, when the C's were ready to experiment with Williams, back issues hampered his availability. The result was only 32 NBA games and five G League appearances with the Maine Red Claws. At both levels, the body of work was erratic. At one moment, he's effectively defending Anthony Davis or throwing down monster alley-oop jams. But shortly afterward, Williams would be woefully out of position or aimlessly chasing wild blocks instead of playing solid defense. The departure of Al Horford and Aron Baynes has certainly created an opportunity for the 21-year-old Texas product to earn more minutes at the NBA level. Newly signed Enes Kanter will surely start and play major minutes. But after Kanter, the depth chart is messy, with Williams, third-year veteran Daniel Theis and newly signed Frenchman Vincent Poirier all fighting for minutes. None of those other center options come close to Williams' potential for delivering fantastic rim protection. but all three offer better offensive skills. Expect coach Brad Stevens to change his "first center off the bench" player based on matchups. By virtue of experience, Theis will start the year as the second-string center. But expect lots of experimentation throughout the season. The Timelord will have plenty of opportunities to prove he deserves more than last season's nine minutes per game. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $3.59 million contract with the Celtics in July of 2018. Celtics exercised $2.03 million team option for 2020-21 in October of 2019.
Still a week or two away
CBoston Celtics
Hip
February 19, 2020
Williams (hip) was able to practice Wednesday but remains a week or two away from making a return to game action, Tim Bontemps of ESPN.com reports.
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According to coach Brad Stevens, the plan for Williams is to "practice for the next week or two and continue to ramp things up," which indicates the team doesn't plan to bring him back before March. That said, the Celtics are encouraged by the progress he's made in his return from a sore left hip and could feasibly move up his timetable for return if he continues to impress in workouts. The team should provide more information about Williams' availability after the upcoming roadtrip.
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2018 Fantasy Outlook
Maturity issues and injury concerns are the perfect cocktail for slipping in the draft, and it’s clear both issues were a factor in Williams dropping all the way to Boston with the 27th pick. The good news is the Celtics don't need Williams to perform right out of the gate. Even if the the Texas A&M product were ready to contribute at the NBA level, he'd be hard-pressed to find minutes on most nights given the Celtics' borderline-laughable level of overall depth. All signs point to Williams essentially redshirting as a rookie and spending the bulk of his time with the Maine Red Claws of the G League. Given his intriguing combination of size and athleticism, Williams is somewhat of an interesting long-term prospect, but he's a long way from being ready to play meaningful NBA minutes.
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To resume workouts after break
CBoston Celtics
Hip
February 13, 2020
Williams (hip) will resume working out with the Celtics during the team's first practice following the All-Star break.
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Missing another game
CBoston Celtics
Hip
February 10, 2020
Williams (hip) has been ruled out for Tuesday's game against Houston.
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Takes major step in recovery
CBoston Celtics
Hip
February 9, 2020
Williams (hip) completed a full-contact workout Sunday, Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe reports.
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Out indefinitely
CBoston Celtics
Hip
February 5, 2020
Celtics coach Brad Stevens said he hopes to have Williams (hip) back in practice before the All-Star break, Jared Weiss of The Athletic reports.
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Can run, evaluation coming Feb. 4
CBoston Celtics
Hip
January 22, 2020
Williams (hip) was able to resume running Tuesday and will receive another scan/evaluation Feb. 4, at which point the medical staff hopes to have a better idea of when he can return to the lineup.
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