Rob Williams' minutes need to be increased from 14.8 MPG to the high-teens

Robert Williams III only saw 13 minutes of action in the Celtics 108-87 win over Charlotte, but he once again made the most of them. He notched seven points on a perfect 2-of-2 from the field, while taking down five boards and racking up two more steals. The one sequence below tells a lot about Rob's progression is his sophomore season.


His defensive rebound is strong and decisive, and despite what appeared to be his concern over a possible minor injury, he got up - made it down court in time to get good position - take the nice feed from Marcus Smart - and finish with a strong slam.

Williams III only got one assist in this contest - and no blocks - but he is demonstrating that, barring his lack of a 3-point shot and poor free throw shooting (3-of-6 last night), he just keeps improving his all-around game. His positioning on the court, both on offense and defense, are noticeably better than last season, and his confidence is on the rise.

Another thing that may be on the rise would be Rob's minutes. Daniel Theis is handling the bulk of center minutes lately. Enes Kanter is still nursing a knee injury, and Vincent Poirier definitely needs more experience and seasoning. I see little sense in Brad Stevens not giving Rob minutes in the 18-20 range per game, only a slight uptick from his current 14.8 MPG this season.

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