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The obscure value of Robert Williams



I openly admit to having an obsession with Robert Williams' per-36-minutes stats, always trying to project what he could do with more floor time. Over the past 10 games, Rob's 17.1 points per game don't really stand out, but there is hidden value in the rebounds (13.2 RPG), assists (3.7 APG), steals (2.0 SPG) and blocks (3.7 BPG).

The obscure value pertains to the easy baskets that Rob may generate. Iso-ball requires a lot of individual effort, and the rewards from the physical strain don't always come to fruition. Easy baskets come from steals, blocks, offensive boards and the resultant (hopefully) fast breaks that lead to scores.

The Celtics currently are ranked 20th in points per game scored on fast breaks, and hold 13th place in blocks. What team is first in both categories? That would be the Philadelphia 76'ers that, not coincidentally, also hold first place in the Eastern Conference.

Boston is also in 12th place in steals and 4th place in offensive rebounds. Williams III helps with all of this - given the chance. Over that same 10-game span, he is averaging 4.7 offensive boards per game (per-36 minutes). Robert has shown solid passing skills lately - he is a stellar rim protector - and he has a knack for forcing steals. These skills can lead to more easy hoops for Boston if Rob has more focus in the offense.

Oh - and how about points from lobs. Williams has excellent reactions and hands, and he seems a natural to catch and finish on lob passes. Add that quality to his repertoire - give him a bit more savvy and seasoning - and he could be one of the best late-first-round picks by the Boston Celtics since Reggie Lewis.

Take a look at what I mean from the video below after Boston's win over the Raptors:



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