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#27 pick, Rob Williams vs. Deandre Ayton (#1) and Marvin Bagley (#2)


The Celtics Rob Williams was taken 26 picks (#27) after the Suns chose Deandre Ayton first-overall in the 2018 NBA draft. Here's a quick look at how they compare-stat-wise this season - on a per-36-minutes basis.

Williams III

16.0 PPG - 13.3 RPG - 3.4 APG - 1.8 SPG - 3.6 BPG - .729 FG

Ayton

17.4 PPG - 12.7 RPG - 1.7 APG - 0.5 SPG - 1.5 BPG - .611 FG

The points and rebounds are very close, but Robert gets the nod on assists, steals, blocks and field goal percentage. While we're at it, the second-overall pick in the same draft was center, Marvin Bagley

Bagley

19.4 PPG - 10.4 RPG - 1.3 APG - 0.7 SPG - 0.7 BPG - .499 FG

Rob takes honors versus Bagley in all of these statistics except points per game. This is not to say that Celtics boss, Danny Ainge, did a masterful job "stealing" Williams at the tail end of the draft. Rob was projected to get taken much sooner, and he merely to fell to Boston at number-27. But the 3rd-year center is quickly emerging and may prove to be one of the top choices in that draft going forward.





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