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Will the "Other Williams" be taken for "Grant"ed?

 We are talking Grant Williams here. You remember him - the Boston Celtics first-round pick (#22 overall) from the 2019 NBA draft.

The 6'6" do-everything center/forward has made an appearance in five-of-Boston's eight playoff games thus far, averaging 13.8 minutes per game. Known for his 3-point accuracy, Grant has connected on 56.3% of his treys over that post-season span - but for some rerason, Joe Mazzulla has chosen to not call his name on a number of occasions.

He has been called on to take those long-range shots, and he has become very adept - particularly from the corner. Williams has the weight and strength to guard the big men such as Joel Embiid and Giannis Antetokounmpo, and surprisingly, appears capable of handling the smaller, quicker oppnents on the perimeter.

Williams will be a Restricted Free Agent this summer, and the question remains whether he will end up in Boston. In the past, the Celtics lost two quality players to free agency, in part because that duo of Ray Allen and Tony Allen felt unappreciated and "taken for granted".

Will that happen with Grant Williams? Boston did not extend him and the word is that the two sides were far apart. Williams has firmly established himself as a valued rotational guy for the Celtics, but what remains unknown is just how much he is valued by Brad Strevens. He will never be a star, but he works very hard at his profession and there will be suiters once he enters free agency. Boston just may not be able to afford him.


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