Now that the Boston Celtics’ 2020-21 season is firmly in the rearview mirror, it’s possible to spend some time taking stock of how each player took advantage of the opportunity they’ve been given.
To that end, we note every player who has spent time on the basketball court for the Celtics this season, including all 15 regular roster members, both two-way players and players the team has. cut or exchanged. That’s 21 players in total, and the focus today is second-year forward Grant Williams. Asked to play more as a modern power forward than where he found success as a small-ball center in his first season in the league, the Tennessee product struggled at first but began to find his way late in the season.
Let’s assess Williams’ second season in the league with the Celtics, in context.
Williams started his NBA career in 2019-2020 with an epic case of yips, but has since grown into a fairly reliable long-range shooter if his volume is low. He’s gone from just 25% beyond the arc as a rookie to a very solid 37.2% this season. His free throw percentage fell off a cliff, however, with the former volunteer dropping from 72.2% as a rookie to just 58.8% in 2020-21. He rarely finds himself on the track to shoot them and needs to assert himself in a supporting role now that he’s starting to find his shot, but has made real progress on this side of the pitch. To note: B- https://twitter.com/TheCelticsWire/status/1409922186110976001?s=20
The Charlotte native was asked to step out of his comfort zone last season partly to develop and partly because of the needs of the squad, forcing Williams to learn how to defend to the perimeter and defend against opponents faster and more mobile as a 4 instead of a center. It was tough at first, but the Tennessee product has done well enough to earn the team’s seventh most minutes this season. He still has a long way to go to secure a role of attacker rather than center of situation, but you can see Williams’ blurry outlines in his new role focus – slowly. To note: C- https://twitter.com/TheCelticsWire/status/1409943424246108162?s=20
The confidence we saw from a rookie Grant Williams in the 2020 Eastern Conference Finals was clearly shaken by his early struggles, but the old Vol continued and looked like a solid but flawed rotational player. at the end of the season. Off the pitch, Williams was outspoken in his support for vaccination efforts and allayed distrust of minority communities that were a barrier to vaccination, thus gaining a lot of credit to the young forward in the intangibles department. . To note: C + https://twitter.com/TheCelticsWire/status/1409969112755978240?s=20
While this may not have been the sequel many expected after a very successful end to his inaugural season as Celtic, Williams was pushed into an unknown role at the highest level of play and succeeded. to find his way. It certainly took a while and often wasn’t pretty, opening up a whole new set of skills the North Carolinian will need to master in order to truly minimize his starting point. But all else being equal, it was largely a successful year for Williams. To note: C + This post originally appeared on Celtics Wire. Follow us on Facebook! [lawrence-related id=52936,52919,52883,52826] [listicle id=52696]