Robert Williams III
Robert Williams III
22-Year-Old CenterC
Boston Celtics
GTD
Injury Hip
Est. Return 12/11/2019
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. Celtics exercised $2.03 million team option for 2020-21 in October of 2019.
Downgraded to out
CBoston Celtics
Hip
December 8, 2019
Williams (hip) was downgraded to out for Monday's game versus the Cavaliers.
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Williams was originally considered doubtful to play Monday, but he won't end up having a chance to suit up due to the sore left hip. Daniel Theis and Enes Kanter should split the bulk of the work in the paint for the Celtics.
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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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Doubtful for Monday
CBoston Celtics
Hip
December 8, 2019
Williams missed Sunday's practice due to a sore hip and has been designated as doubtful for Monday's tilt with the Cavaliers, Jay King of The Athletic reports.
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Strong effort on glass
CBoston Celtics
December 4, 2019
Williams scored three points (1-3 FG, 1-2 FT) while adding 10 rebounds, a steal and a block in 19 minutes off the bench during Wednesday's 112-93 win over the Heat.
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Gets green light for Sunday
CBoston Celtics
November 17, 2019
Coach Brad Stevens said Williams (ankle) is "good to go" for Sunday's game against the Kings, Jay King of The Athletic reports.
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Questionable for Sunday
CBoston Celtics
Ankle
November 16, 2019
Williams (ankle) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Kings.
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Cleared to play
CBoston Celtics
November 15, 2019
Williams (ankle) will play Friday against Golden State, Jay King of The Athletic reports.
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