Robert Williams
Robert Williams
21-Year-Old CenterC
Boston Celtics
Injury Head
Est. Return 10/23/2019
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.
Out for rest of contest
CBoston Celtics
October 15, 2019
Williams is out for the rest of Tuesday's preseason contest against the Cavaliers after getting hit to the head.
Williams started at center and played three minutes before departing with the injury. The Celtics have yet to reveal whether Williams is dealing with concussion-like symptoms, but he'll presumably be evaluated over the next few days before the team provides an update on his status. With the exhibition schedule now complete, the Celtics will open their regular season Oct. 23 at Philadelphia.
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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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Decent contribution in Sunday's win
CBoston Celtics
October 14, 2019
Williams tallied eight points (4-5 FG), three rebounds, two steals, two blocks, and one assist in 11 minutes during Sunday's 118-72 preseason victory over Cleveland.
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Minimal impact in Friday's win
CBoston Celtics
October 12, 2019
Williams failed to score, finishing with three rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one block in just nine minutes during Friday's 100-75 preseason victory over Orlando.
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To be available Friday
CBoston Celtics
October 10, 2019
Williams (groin) will be available for Friday's preseason matchup against the Magic, Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe reports.
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Sits out of practice
CBoston Celtics
October 8, 2019
Williams didn't practice Tuesday due to a tweaked groin, Jay King of The Athletic reports.
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Starting vs. Hornets
CBoston Celtics
October 6, 2019
Williams will start Sunday's preseason game against the Hornets.
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