Robert Williams
Robert Williams
22-Year-Old CenterC
Boston Celtics
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.
Personal Bio

Robert Lee Williams III was born in Shreveport, Louisiana, in 1997. He's the son of Robert and Tundra Williams and has one sister, Brittanni. He emerged as a top recruit while playing for coach Ron Meikle at North Caddo High School in Vivian, Louisiana. He came out of high school as the No. 1 ranked recruit in the state. In college at Texas A&M, Williams majored in recreation, park and tourism science. During Williams' rookie seaon, Celtics fans nicknamed Williams the "Time Lord," though GM Danny Ainge preferred "Lob." Follow the big shot blocker via @williams.lll on Instagram and @rob_williamsIII on twitter.

College/International Summary

Robert Williams played two seasons at Texas A&M before joining the Celtics. For both seasons, Williams was paired with fellow big man Tyler Davis, appearing together in unique two-center lineups for the Aggies. During Williams' freshman season (2016-17), the Aggie started 17 of 31 games, averaging 11.9 points, 8.2 boards and an impressive 2.5 blocks per contest. Williams earned SEC Defensive Player of the Year and Second Team All-SEC accolades. As a sophomore, Williams would start 23 of 30 games, increasing his rebounding (9.2 per game) and his blocks (2.6 per contest). The big man's solid contributions helped Texas A&M reach the Sweet 16 in the 2018 NCAA Tournament. Williams ended his sophomore year by garnering Co-SEC Defensive Player of the Year honors as well as USBWA All-District VII accolades.

Not part of rotation versus Indiana
CBoston Celtics
March 10, 2020
Williams (coach's decision) didn't see the court during Tuesday's 114-111 win over the Pacers.
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Williams had been listed as probable due to a back sprain but didn't end up taking the court in this one. He continues to provide decent per-minute numbers when he is part of the rotation, but he rarely sees more than 10-to-15 minutes.
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Williams was a first-round pick by Boston in 2018, getting selected 27th overall out of Texas A&M. Some knee tendinitis caused the Celtics to ease Williams into their rotation, and back soreness as well as some time in the G League ultimately limited him to 32 NBA games in his rookie year. Though his opportunities were limited, Williams showed the ability to take advantage and impact the game as a rebounder and shot blocker. On Dec. 10, he collected 11 rebounds and three blocks against the Pelicans. The month of December also saw Williams record a pair of five-block efforts. He collected a season-high eight points in one of those games, shooting 4-for-4 and adding eight boards in a Dec. 19 effort against Phoenix. Such effective shot selection was typical for him, as Williams delivered an incredible 70.6 field-goal percentage on the season, though his limited opportunities held him to 2.5 points and 2.5 rebounds per game -- along with an impressive 1.3 blocks. Though he was lightly used during the Celtics' nine-game playoff run, Williams contributed when given the opportunity. He played nearly nine minutes in Game 2 of Boston's second-round series against the Bucks, delivering four points and five rebounds.

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Transaction History
  • June 21, 2018
    Drafted by the Boston Celtics in the 1st round (27th pick) of the 2018 NBA Draft.
  • July 5, 2018
    Signed a two-year contract with the Boston Celtics. Agreement includes a third year club option.
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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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Expects to play Tuesday
CBoston Celtics
Back
March 9, 2020
Williams is considered probable for Tuesday's game against Indiana due to a back strain.
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Swats three shots
CBoston Celtics
March 4, 2020
Williams turned in six points (3-5 FG, 0-2 FT), five rebounds, three blocks and one steal in 14 minutes off the bench Wednesday in the Celtics' 112-106 win over the Cavaliers.
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Unlikely to play much Saturday
CBoston Celtics
February 29, 2020
Coach Brad Stevens said Williams (hip) will be available for Saturday's game against the Rockets but is unlikely to play much, Jay King of The Athletic reports.
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Listed as probable for Saturday
CBoston Celtics
Hip
February 28, 2020
Williams (hip) is probable for Saturday's game against the Rockets, Tom Westerholm of The Springfield Republican reports.
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Cleared to play
CBoston Celtics
February 28, 2020
Williams (hip) has been cleared to play ahead of Saturday's game against the Rockets, Chris Forsberg of NBC Sports Boston reports.
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