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Can a two-bigs, Rob Williams/Luke Kornet pairing be effective?

 The quick answer to my title question is - Yes, I believe so. I must admit that Luke Kornet has surprised me - somewhat. My fear was that Joe Mazzulla may never give him a shot at significant minutes - or Joe would use him as a 7'2" 3-point threat.


Instead, Kornet is averaging 13.7 minutes per game and is displaying more of an old-school type of center play. In 21 gamnes thuis far this season, he has attempted a mere six treys and made two of them. He is averaging 5.0 points/game and hitting 71% from the field and a remarkable 15-of-16 from the free throw line. 

On defense, Luke moves his feet much better than I anticipated and almost always seems to be in the right spot - both on offense and defense. In limited minutes, he is averaging 1.0 blocks per game.

We already know what Rob Williams can do. He also avoids 3-point attempts (which I view as a positive) - and like Kornet - blocks shots, intimidates others, and gets great position for lobs and offensive boards. Rob is a quick leaper and has great timing on blocks.


It is a good bet that Coach Mazzulla will occasionally try the Williams III/Kornet pairing upon Rob's return to action. It needs to be tried. Two old-school big men out there together has not been seen in Boston since Bill Russell and Wayne Embry poaired to take on the 76'ers Luke Jackson and Wilt Chamberlain.

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