After his 8 minutes of work on Friday versus Cleveland, I’ve been getting ideas about Robert Williams. He sports 4.1 minutes per game and 14 DNP-Coach’s Decisions, but I think he can be an important part of this team. If you haven’t seen yet, he was electric in his limited minutes last night. The highlights speak for themselves as he does freakish things on the hardwood.
He can fly through the air and he provides a real need for the Celtics early in the season, rim protection/rebounding. The Celtics are 19th in the NBA in blocks per game (5.3) and they’re 11th in rebounds per game (46.0). While the rebounding numbers aren’t bad, teams like the Bucks, Sixers, and Raptors all rank higher than the Celtics in this category.
It could be improved and I see a real need for Williams in the front court. He’s averaging 6.5 blocks per 36 minutes and 0.8 per game thus far. While the 0.8 isn’t that impressive, think that he’s doing that in his 4.1 minutes per game. He’s not getting much run, but when he’s in, he provides something this team could use in their arsenal. They haven’t had a real rim protecting center since like KG/Perk, and it could be something that Stevens can take advantage of having on his bench, in the right situations. Brad’s shown the ability to put guys in the right spots so I believe he’d plug Williams in where he fits best.
Let’s look back on Williams in his 2 years at Texas A&M. While it is college and not the NBA these numbers still mean something.
Then there are the college highlights which also speak for themselves. He either dunks it, or swats the ball into the front row. You can’t look at me and tell me that the Celtics couldn’t use that. Whatever minutes Brad’s giving to Yabu, those should be redirected to Williams. He at least does something well. The only thing Yabu does well is dabbing and while it is a strong celebration, dabbing does not actually win basketball games (wow.).
The rebounding/block numbers he was putting up in 25 minutes per game in college are impressive. He can jump out of the gym and his timing is pretty good for a young big man. I think he could also help in taking a load off of Al Horford in terms of minutes. They’ve shown that they want to keep Al fresh for the postseason and Williams could provide some solid minutes for the Celtics while Al does rest. Al is playing a career low 30 minutes per game and it’s clear that they want to keep his minutes down.
In terms off who’s minutes he takes out of Theis/Baynes I think you have to look at Theis. A platoon of Williams/Theis where Williams plays against teams with tough front courts and Theis plays when they want to space it out more could be effective. His shot blocking could become a nice wrinkle they can work into the lineup and I bet Brad is trying to get TimeLord some more minutes as we speak.
Also, after a request for some gambling advice, I’ll give my thoughts on tonights lines for the Celtics.
I’ll rank them in terms of bets I like the most.
- O 217: The Celtics have been scoring at will lately averaging 115.16 points their last 6 games, expect this to continue. TAKE THIS, FREE MONEY
- Celtics +110: They look primed to go on a winning streak and I see them coming out tonight and pulling this out not he road.
- Celtics +2.0: While I believe it hits, I’d rather just take the ML and take advantage of the +110 odds instead of giving yourself a 2 point cushion.
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