Quietly, Boston was able to pick out one of the better steals in the draft. For a player who was projected by some to be selected in or near the lottery, the Celtics were surprised they were able to get someone like Robert Williams III so late in the first round.
Drafting Williams was huge.
Turning 21 years old in October, Willams may have one of the more NBA ready bodies out of the entire 2018 class. He stands at 6-foot-9, weighs 240 pounds and has a reach of 7-foot-5.
The main reason his stock fell prior to the draft was his off-court issues. Strangely, the Celtics and Williams started off on an unusual note too. Williams had slept through and missed the conference call from the front office following the draft. His attitude and motivation were questioned in college, as well, so there are a few risks to this selection to keep your eye on.
He played a lot of power forward for Texas A&M, but Williams is likely to have more of an immediate impact at the center position for the Boston Celtics.
He is freakishly athletic and will work as a good defensive anchor for Brad Stevens. Most notably, his statistics in college for his blocks per game stand out the most.
Danny Ainge did not make any moves in the draft, but that may have been the best move. There were talks of the Celtics possibly moving up to select a center like Mo Bamba. But staying put and luckily getting a center like Williams made them feel it was the right decision to stay where they were.
2018 draft report card: B-
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