- Aug 1, 2006
Over 81% from the line.How is his wingspan and how are his shooting mechanics? Being a 6’7” PF isn’t like it was a decade ago.
Maybe he can fix the locker room.“Man i’m blessed and honored to be apart of the most historic franchise in the league. Ready to give it my all and work my tail off! Let’s go Celtics!!! #GreenTeam”
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Well these make me very hopeful!Two of my favorite draft writers on Grant Williams, Cole Zwicker on his decision-making, with lots of videos:
And Ben Rubin on his upside, with videos and comps:
Plus the concise general scouting report:
And this:FWIW, CelticsBlog's Max Carlin had him 4th overall a couple weeks ago and is positively giddy about him on the Cs. If you want to get excited about Grant, read this.
“‘I’m proud of you, boy, you’re going to my team. You’re going to my favorite team, the Boston Celtics, man,’” Williams recalled in his old man voice that he insists sounds just like his grandfather. [....] Williams’ younger brother became a Patriots fan and his oldest is a Bruins fan. For some reason, his family from Charlotte had always just naturally gravitated toward Boston teams.
“[Grant's grandfather] was just talking about how much he would love it if I end up playing for Boston, because he would always come visit me,” Williams told The Athletic. “The fact that it actually happened and to see his face, that was one of the best things that happened last night.”
Landing with one of the two teams on his preferred list was not just a thrill for his family, but he also sees it as a key for his potential to maximize his career. Williams said he loves Al Horford and spent the last two years studying how the Celtics used him in their offense, something he will try to emulate as a short rolling screener or midrange shot creator.
Although I don't agree with everything he writes, I do like the way Rubin ended his article: "I say over and over again that the search when watching should be asking which player knows how to play, especially as you move to more skilled positions, but latent in that statement is that the search should be for intuition. Which players are really intuitive?"And Ben Rubin on his upside, with videos and comps:
“We were talking on FaceTime, and I had just gotten into Boston, and [Williams] was like, ‘Do you want to play games?’” explained second-round pick Carsen Edwards. "And I’m like, ‘Dude, I just got here.’ He’s like, ‘I play board games, too.’ It’s just stuff you don’t expect but he’s a really good dude. And I’m excited to be around him and get to know him more as a person.”
I didn’t used to care much about these kinds of stories but after last year, I’m lapping it up. Like the way this rookie class feels.
This matches my general view as to what I look for in a player, even when it comes at the expense of measurables. When you look at the most successful non-lottery picks in the NBA, anecdotally, it seems like they're guys with preternatural basketball IQ who lack physical gifts, rather than physically talented guys without a feel for the game. (And obviously guys with the basketball IQ and the physical tools just tend to be lottery picks).Although I don't agree with everything he writes, I do like the way Rubin ended his article: "I say over and over again that the search when watching should be asking which player knows how to play, especially as you move to more skilled positions, but latent in that statement is that the search should be for intuition. Which players are really intuitive?"
Yup. This draft had the perfect balance.This matches my general view as to what I look for in a player, even when it comes at the expense of measurables. When you look at the most successful non-lottery picks in the NBA, anecdotally, it seems like they're guys with preternatural basketball IQ who lack physical gifts, rather than physically talented guys without a feel for the game. (And obviously guys with the basketball IQ and the physical tools just tend to be lottery picks).
In other words, I'm very happy to end up with Grant Williams here, and not like, Nassir Little.
He was young for being a JuniorPretty excited about this guy. I hope he has been in the gym shooting threes non-stop. Feels like the kind of profile that outplays his draft slot: older, very polished, good passer, strong as hell.
Landry Shamet, Kuzma, Josh Hart, Malcolm Brogdon, Monte Morris and Derek White all agree with you...VanVleet still waiting to get called in the draftI think when you are trying to find a franchise player in the lottery age is very important, but when you’re picking in the 20’s your expected highest outcome is a 6th man. Obviously there are examples of doing better but I would imagine that is the realistic ceiling. Even if the guy is a year older that means he has another year under his belt knowing his game, knowing who he is. Unless it’s an extreme lotto ticket I think this is the best way to draft in the 20’s and beyond
LAS VEGAS — It doesn’t take much time around Grant Williams to realize “impact winning” ranks as one of his favorite phrases. The Celtics’ first-round pick stressed on draft night he wanted to do whatever he could to impact winning. He emphasized the same goal after Summer League practices and again following his first Summer League game. Williams does not worry about his scoring or rebounding numbers. He did not care about coming off the bench during his Summer League debut.
“For me,” Williams said, “it was just a matter of having the mindset of I want to come in and help impact winning, whatever I have to do.”
Williams has thought about his fit in the league for a while. He doesn’t necessarily lay down with that thought in his head every night but has noticed, for example, the way the NBA has shifted over the past decade or so. He sees how Serge Ibaka, once an interior player, has gravitated more toward the 3-point arc over the years. Williams recognizes the importance of defensive versatility and knows not everybody can serve in a primary playmaking role. For a rookie, he seems to have a strong grasp on the ways he will need to adapt to succeed in a more challenging basketball world. He won’t spend as much time posting up or running offense. He will spend more time spotting up and playing off others.
“There’s only certain elite guys that can just go out there and score,” Williams said. “Like, Lou (Williams) is a guy that he just goes and gets buckets. He doesn’t necessarily have to play defense. He’s a bucket. But everybody else has to buy into their role. So for me, it’s just a matter of whatever a coach needs me to do to win, that’s what I’ve gotta do, whether it’s knocking down 3s or defending the best player or getting rebounds or hitting everybody. It’s just a matter of whatever you ask.”
Williams said he compared himself to defensive-minded pros such as Draymond Green and P.J. Tucker. Those are ambitious choices, maybe the NBA’s two most versatile defenders, but Williams didn’t just stop at listing their names. He also pointed out the areas currently separating those players from him. To emerge as a defender in Tucker’s mold, Williams said he will need to prove capable of switching onto the quickest guards.
“It’s really the lateral quickness and being able to guard multiple positions on the perimeter,” Williams said Sunday. “He can guard a guy like Jaren Jackson then switch onto Mike Conley. So myself, it’s all about I’ve been proving that I can guard guys 3-through-5, maybe some 2s, but when I switch onto a Mike Conley or Dame Lillard — there’s not many people who can guard them in general. Just being able to make them take the shot that your team needs them to take, that’s something that I need to improve on. And that’s something that I understand about myself. So it’s something I have to get better at every day.”
Williams has spoken to the press about that first clip: