Robert Williams has taken a giant leap forward in his third season in the NBA, becoming one of the lone bright spots on a disappointing Celtics team.
The 6’8″ center has been one of the more efficient big men in the league this year, averaging 8 points and 6.8 rebounds while converting 72.7% of his field goal attempts. He hasn’t taken enough shots to qualify for the league lead, but, just for context, Rudy Gobert is currently number one at 65.1%. Williams actually has the highest field goal percentage in NBA history among players who have taken at least 100 shots.
In Friday’s easy win over the Rockets in Boston, The Time Lord etched his name in the history books once again. His final statline was 20 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists, and a perfect 9-for-9 from the field. That puts him in rare company alongside Wilt Chamberlain and Nikola Jokic as the only center to get 20-8-8 while shooting 100%.
Williams also recorded two blocked shots in his impressive outing. Here are the highlights:
Williams has more than earned his recent uptick in minutes. Hopefully his continued development will breathe some life into the C’s as they look to find a rhythm before the playoffs.