The former Tennessee Volunteer, now Boston Celtic is fitting in very nice with his new squad. As one of the Celtics’ four draft selections in last month’s draft, the no. 22 overall pick in the 2019 NBA draft and 2-time SEC player of the year had quite the impressive showing in summer league.
Williams appeared in all five summer league games for the Celtics and finished averaging 13 PTS and 6 REB. His best game came against the Memphis Grizzlies where he put up 21 PTS, and 7 REB on 6-10 shooting from the field and 4-5 from 3.
Game after game, Grant Williams showed the NBA world what all Volunteer fans have known all along, the guy can flat out ball. Williams did a little bit of everything on the court and continued to prove what his coach, Brad Stevens, said about him on draft night to be correct.
“You can run offense through him. . . He thinks the game. He’s a tough, tough guy. And he’s a versatile player who can shoot the ball. He can shoot it from three — (Tennessee) didn’t need him to do that, but his shot looks good, and that will be a pretty easy transition for him, and again, very intelligent. We’re looking forward to having him. We think he translates well. You couldn’t be more impressed with the kid when you sit down with him.”
Williams also earned high praise from legendary ESPN analyst Doris Burke, who commentated during his 16 PTS, 8 REB outing against the Denver Nuggets.
“Do you see the work Williams puts in on the glass? The guy is just nonstop.” Burke exclaimed, “Even if he’s not getting the rebound, his putting his teammates in position by keeping balls alive. . . He’s just great in pursuit” Burke added.
Williams now heads into training camp with a ton of momentum and the opportunity to compete for big minutes in the Celtics rotation.
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