With the 27th pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, the Boston Celtics have selected Texas A&M forward Robert Williams. Williams was considered a mid to high lottery type player heading into the season but questions regarding his work ethic caused him to slip down the draft board.
“He’s a really talented guy,” coach Brad Stevens told reporters after the team made the selection. “We felt very fortunate to get him tonight.”
Williams is a lottery-level talent, a player with immense talent. If he can show a commitment to playing hard, this could be a steal of the first-round. ESPN's @Mike_Schmitz compares him to another 27th overall pick: Clint Capela. https://t.co/9zFvD7MWiM
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 22, 2018
Standing at 6-10, Robert Williams is a rim-running forward with terrific athleticism. He’s extremely springy and is an elite shot blocker. Williams has the defensive tools to be a forceful rim protector.
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He’s often criticized for his lack of discipline, but with a little work on the defensive end, Williams can make an impact right away. In his sophomore season at A&M, the 6-10 forward averaged 10.4 PPG and 9.2 RPG, while shooting 63.2% from the floor.
“If you can have four shooters on the floor and a guy like that rolling to the rim, you can just throw it up in the air and he can go get it and finish it,” Stevens said. “I think there’s a lot of things he brings to the table.”
This is only the second time in five years that Boston has not had a pick above No. 16, but Danny Ainge still found his man.
The Celtics will introduce The 20-year-old in Boston on June 29th.
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