Robert Williams III
Robert Williams III
22-Year-Old CenterC
Boston Celtics
Out
Injury Hip
Est. Return 2/21/2020
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Williams' rookie season was a bit of a roller coaster. Championship aspirations at the start of Boston's season heavily implied that Williams would not see much floor time. Then, when the C's were ready to experiment with Williams, back issues hampered his availability. The result was only 32 NBA games and five G League appearances with the Maine Red Claws. At both levels, the body of work was erratic. At one moment, he's effectively defending Anthony Davis or throwing down monster alley-oop jams. But shortly afterward, Williams would be woefully out of position or aimlessly chasing wild blocks instead of playing solid defense. The departure of Al Horford and Aron Baynes has certainly created an opportunity for the 21-year-old Texas product to earn more minutes at the NBA level. Newly signed Enes Kanter will surely start and play major minutes. But after Kanter, the depth chart is messy, with Williams, third-year veteran Daniel Theis and newly signed Frenchman Vincent Poirier all fighting for minutes. None of those other center options come close to Williams' potential for delivering fantastic rim protection. but all three offer better offensive skills. Expect coach Brad Stevens to change his "first center off the bench" player based on matchups. By virtue of experience, Theis will start the year as the second-string center. But expect lots of experimentation throughout the season. The Timelord will have plenty of opportunities to prove he deserves more than last season's nine minutes per game. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $3.59 million contract with the Celtics in July of 2018. Celtics exercised $2.03 million team option for 2020-21 in October of 2019.
Likely out through All-Star break
CBoston Celtics
Hip
January 15, 2020
Williams (hip) is expected to be out until the All-Star break, Jay King of The Athletic reports.
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Williams is still set to be re-evaluated at the end of the month, but there's no expectation that he'll play until after the All-Star break is over. More information should arrive once the medical staff takes another look.
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2018 Fantasy Outlook
Maturity issues and injury concerns are the perfect cocktail for slipping in the draft, and it’s clear both issues were a factor in Williams dropping all the way to Boston with the 27th pick. The good news is the Celtics don't need Williams to perform right out of the gate. Even if the the Texas A&M product were ready to contribute at the NBA level, he'd be hard-pressed to find minutes on most nights given the Celtics' borderline-laughable level of overall depth. All signs point to Williams essentially redshirting as a rookie and spending the bulk of his time with the Maine Red Claws of the G League. Given his intriguing combination of size and athleticism, Williams is somewhat of an interesting long-term prospect, but he's a long way from being ready to play meaningful NBA minutes.
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To be re-evaluated in three weeks
CBoston Celtics
Hip
January 8, 2020
Williams (hip) will be re-evaluated in three weeks, Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe reports.
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MRI results encouraging
CBoston Celtics
Hip
January 4, 2020
Williams' (hip) MRI results were encouraging and he will meet with specialists following the Celtics' road trip, which concludes following Monday's game at Washington, Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald reports.
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Set for follow-up scan
CBoston Celtics
Hip
January 2, 2020
Williams is scheduled to undergo another scan on his hip this week, Brian Robb of BostonSportsJournal.com reports.
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Will be re-evaluated in three weeks
CBoston Celtics
Hip
December 16, 2019
Williams has been diagnosed with a bone edema and will be re-evaluated in three weeks.
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Out Thursday
CBoston Celtics
Hip
December 12, 2019
Williams (hip) won't play Thursday against the 76ers, Tim Bontemps of ESPN.com reports.
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