Robert Williams

Robert Williams

25-Year-Old CenterC
Boston Celtics
Out
Injury Knee
Est. Return 12/25/2022
2022 Fantasy Outlook
After three modest seasons in Boston, Robert "Time Lord" Williams finally broke out in 2021-22. The human pogo stick exploded for 10.0 points, 9.6 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game last season -- all career highs. Williams' 134 total blocks were good for third in the Association. He also started all 61 games in which he appeared and added 2.0 dimes per contest while shooting a delightful 73.6 percent from the field. Add respectable free throw shooting, and Williams ranked 24th overall in nine-category rotisserie leagues. With Daniel Theis now in Indiana, Williams could see a slight bump in the 29.6 minutes per contest he played last season. Considering fellow big Al Horford is 36 years old, the C's seem thin at the four and five. There is room for improvement as Williams enters his age 25 season. However, injury woes have dampened his total impact early in his young career. That's continued to start this season, as he underwent knee surgery in September that may cost him some games to start the year. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $48 million contract extension with the Celtics in August of 2021.
Personal Bio/PreCareer Summary

Robert Lee Williams III was born in Shreveport, Louisiana, in 1997. He's the son of Robert and Tundra Williams and has one sister, Brittanni. He emerged as a top recruit while playing for coach Ron Meikle at North Caddo High School in Vivian, Louisiana. He came out of high school as the No. 1 ranked recruit in the state. In college at Texas A&M, Williams majored in recreation, park and tourism science. During Williams' rookie seaon, Celtics fans nicknamed Williams the "Time Lord," though GM Danny Ainge preferred "Lob." Follow the big shot blocker via @williams.lll on Instagram and @rob_williamsIII on twitter. Robert Williams played two seasons at Texas A&M before joining the Celtics. For both seasons, Williams was paired with fellow big man Tyler Davis, appearing together in unique two-center lineups for the Aggies. During Williams' freshman season (2016-17), the Aggie started 17 of 31 games, averaging 11.9 points, 8.2 boards and an impressive 2.5 blocks per contest. Williams earned SEC Defensive Player of the Year and Second Team All-SEC accolades. As a sophomore, Williams would start 23 of 30 games, increasing his rebounding (9.2 per game) and his blocks (2.6 per contest). The big man's solid contributions helped Texas A&M reach the Sweet 16 in the 2018 NCAA Tournament. Williams ended his sophomore year by garnering Co-SEC Defensive Player of the Year honors as well as USBWA All-District VII accolades.

Close to returning
CBoston Celtics
Knee
December 4, 2022
Coach Joe Mazzulla said Sunday that Williams (knee) is "pretty close to returning" to game action, Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe reports.
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Williams, who's yet to make his season debut while rehabbing from his latest knee procedure, participated in a scrimmage during the Celtics' shootaround Wednesday and continues to trend in the right direction. Boston has shied away from offering a strict return timeline, but Williams' agent suggested recently that the star big man could be back in action before Christmas. Either way, Williams will likely be eased back into the mix once he's cleared.
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Resumes scrimmaging
CBoston Celtics
November 30, 2022
Williams has resumed participating in scrimmages while continuing to recover from a knee injury, Jared Weiss of The Athletic reports.
ANALYSIS
Williams indicated last week that he hopes to return to the court by Christmas Day, and his recent participation in scrimmages certainly represents a step in the right direction. He hasn't yet made his season debut after undergoing an arthroscopic procedure on his left knee in September.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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For the first time in his career, Williams enters the 2021-22 season with the chance to lead the team in center minutes. The three-year veteran has fought through maturity issues and nagging injuries to finally, hopefully, dominate the key for Boston. Williams flashed brief displays of brilliance in 2020-21. For instance, in early April, he posted 20 points, nine boards, eight dimes and two blocks in a win over woeful Houston. In Game 1 of the playoffs versus the Nets, Williams delivered 11 points, nine boards and nine eye-popping blocks. His per-36-minutes line last season was 15.2 points, 13.1 boards and 3.3 blocks. The Celtics would be very happy to receive a hearty fraction of that production. With Daniel Theis in Chicago and Tristan Thompson in Sacramento, the starting center spot is wide open. Sure, Boston brought back 35-year-old Al Horford. But after rough stints in Philly and OKC, it's possible he Big Al will be happy to be a mentor. At his presser this summer, Horford said about Williams "I'm going to be in his ear, and we are going to be figuring things out together." The main thing holding Williams back is his health. Injuries forced the big center to play in only 32 games his rookie year, 29 games in 2019-20 and 52 of 72 games in 2020-21. If Williams can avoid the injury bug, he should experience a break out season in 2021-22.
During the 2019-20 season, The Timelord did not experience the breakout season some expected. A hip injury restricted Williams to only 29 games last season. And now the 23-year-old seems once again stuck at third in the Boston center pecking order, behind last year's starter Daniel Theis and newly signed Tristan Thompson. Thompson, in particular, seems like an upgrade over last year's back-up, Enes Kanter. Should Thompson shine now that he's back with a contender, he could eat into Williams' minutes. Boston would probably be very happy to see Williams simply stay healthy for a full season - he only appeared in 32 games as a rookie in 2018-19. Timelord's athletic defensive approach is unquestioned and valued by head coach Brad Stevens. But Williams will probably need injuries to occur to Theis or Thompson for the Texas product to see significant minutes.
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.
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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Takes part in scrimmage
CBoston Celtics
Knee
November 30, 2022
Williams (knee) went through a scrimmage at the Celtics' shootaround Wednesday morning, Jay King of The Athletic reports.
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Expected to play by Christmas
CBoston Celtics
Knee
November 25, 2022
Williams' (knee) agent, Kevin Bradbury, said Wednesday that he expects the center to make his season debut by Christmas, Brian Robb of The Springfield Republican reports.
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Back on court, dunking
CBoston Celtics
Knee
November 5, 2022
Williams (knee) has gotten back on the court over the past couple of weeks and has even resumed dunking, Jay King of The Athletic reports.
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Undergoes PRP procedure
CBoston Celtics
Knee
October 18, 2022
Williams recently underwent a platelet-rich plasma injection in his surgically repaired left knee and is aiming to return in the second half of the season, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
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Undergoes surgery, out 8-12 weeks
CBoston Celtics
Knee
September 23, 2022
Williams (knee) is expected to be sidelined for 8-to-12 weeks after undergoing a successful arthroscopic procedure on his left knee.
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