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Rob Williams a difference-maker in the Celtics schemes

 It is no secret that the Boston Celtics hang their hats on lock-down defense. But their versatility has been paramount in their success, meaning being able to effectively switch one-through-five. The acquisition of Al Horford, Daniel Theis and Derrick White overtly revealed Ime Udoka's mission.


The Celtics can go either big or small, but it is center/forward Rob Williams who is often the difference-maker. At 6'8"  with an ungodly wingspan, he is capable of guarding almost any opponent anywhere on the court. He blocks shots on the perimeter and forces any opponent with designs of driving in for a layup or dunk to think twice about it.

In less than 30 minutes per game, Williams III averaged close to a double-double (10.0 PPG, 9.6 RPG) in the regular season while blocking 2.2 shots per contest. He is a quick leaper and able to quickly recover for multiple attempts to corral rebounds. Rob can be counted on for several lob/dunks per game and a few put-backs via offensive boards.

His presence and production in the NBA Finals versus Golden State are still in Limbo due to persistent knee soreness following surgery. The supremely-athletic Williams remains an "X-Factor" in Boston's quest for Banner 18, but a healthy Rob in the lineup could make the difference.


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