Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Why rookie Grant Williams is a keeper for the Celtics

Kudos to Celtics rookies Grant Williams and Tremont Waters for their contributions Monday night in what turned out to be a disappointing 99-94 loss to the Washington Wizards.

Waters scored eight points in a mere seven minutes on 3-of-6 from the field. But it was Grant Williams that gave Boston some hope in the loss.

Williams logged 25 minutes in the contest, scoring nine points and taking down six boards, adding one steal and a block. While the entire Celtics team shot a horrid 34.7-percent from the field and 21.6 percent on 3-pointers, Williams' only misses came at the free throw line, as he was 3-of-3 from the field, 1-of-1 from beyond the arc, but only 2-of-5 on from the charity stripe.Williams and Waters actually tied Daniel Theis for a team-high plus/minus of +1.

After missing his first 25 3-point attempts, Williams has hit 3-of-8 on treys (37.5 percent) in the last five games. Grant hasn't put up astounding numbers in any category, but he is damn versatile, contributing in many ways - much like Marcus Smart - who refers to G-Will as "Mini Me."

Williams is extremely savvy for a rookie and seems to know what do do out there on the court. Be assured that Danny Ainge already sees the 22nd overall pick in the draft as a keeper. The 21-year-old center/forward may never be a star in the league, but he belongs here.

Tom Lane

Photos used are courtesy of NBA.com

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