Is Grant Williams too much of a "tweener"? I see a bit of Marcus Smart in him.
Charles Barkley was a tweener-exception. At 6'6", folks thought him too small to play the power forward position, but he excelled at it. Grant Williams is roughly the same height, but seems to be caught up in the what-position-does-he-play conundrum. One thing is for sure - he can't stretch the floor. After 12 games, he was 0-of-16 from beyond the arc. But a look at his 3-year college stats show he only attempted 1.0 3-pointers per game at a 29% clip. Looks to be something he needs to work on at the NBA level.
Grant is averaging 15.5 minutes/game, while compiling 2.8 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 1.1 APG and 0.8 BPG, hardly the stuff of legends. He is one tough defender and rebounder, but the offense is not there - much like teammate Semi Ojeleye. With Gordon Hayward out of action for a couple of months, one would think that Williams' floor time would have increased. Not so.
Grant Williams with not one, but TWO help-defense blocks at the rim. Kid has an uncanny ability as a rookie to be in the right place at the right time. pic.twitter.com/ckeUSY6leb— Marc D'Amico (@Marc_DAmico) November 19, 2019
The Celtics have gone 11-deep with Hayward on the shelf. Grant and Semi are sharing roughly 26 minutes of playing time between them, with Williams logging 15.5 MPG and Ojeleye 10.5 MPG. Thus far, both have issues on the offensive end but are tough and willing defenders. With the team holding an 11-2 record, there seems little reason to shake things up.
Same energy 💚 pic.twitter.com/nLZ0UgW9Pv— StrengthIN#'s (@StrengthinS) November 19, 2019
With Enes Kanter back in action, he will be eating up a lot of the time at center, along with Daniel Theis and Rob Williams, leaving little available five-time for G-Will. Once Gordon returns around Christmas time, we may see Grant's minutes drop to single digits. I hope not. His spirit, defense and rebounding are in place, and the offense will make an appearance at some point. G-Will needs to stick on this roster.
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