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Rob Williams: His bargain contract, trade value & need to be rim-based

 I love this kid! Rob Williams blocked SEVEN shots last night in Boston's loss to the Knicks and seemed to be disrupting a lot that New York was trying to accomplish. 


The supremely-athletic center/forward ranks 13th in the NBA in field goal percentage (74.4%) - 5th in blocks (2.1 BPG) - and 4th in offensive boards (3.8 ORPG). He has become an absolute nuisance to opponents, both inside and out.

His quickness, leaping ability and massive wingspan, along with increasing knowledge of the game, make Williams III an key ingredient for team success once Ime Udoka finds an on-court leader to "calm us down", as the rookie head coached proposed.

I personally would hate to see this youngster put out there as a trade chip. Beyond his abilities, he is damn entertaining - and isn't that the prime incentive for fans to watch games - even though it may not fulfill some of the "big business" goals of the present League.

It seems near-certain that Rob's 4 year/$48 million contact that takes him through the 2025-26 season, will prove to be a bargain. Nice move by the Celtics hierarchy. And thus far, Ime Udoka seems not to be pushing for Williams III to work on his long-range shooting. Anything that takes this kid away from the rim would be detrimental to the team's future success.

So continue working on your game, young man. And with every block, deflection, offensive board and general disruption of the opponent's offense - we want to hear their cry.

"I'VE BEEN ROB'D!"

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