Celtics’ Jayson Tatum on most ‘underrated’ aspect of Robert Williams
Boston Celtics center Robert Williams has already seen an increased role within the team, especially after former big man Daniel Theis was dealt at the trade deadline. Williams’ teammate in Jayson Tatum spoke about his continuous development and highlighted his passing skills as an underrated aspect of his game, per Jay King.
Jayson Tatum said it’s “amazing to see the growth” from Robert Williams.
“Rob is special. I love playing with him. He’s an underrated passer. I think that’s one of the best things he does.”
— Jay King (@ByJayKing) April 3, 2021
Time Lord is fresh off a monster performance, where his passing was on full display to the tune of eight assist and tying a Nikola Jokic NBA record.
Robert Williams tonight:
He joins Nikola Jokic and Wilt Chamberlain (3x) as the only centers with a 20/8/8 game on 100% shooting in NBA history. pic.twitter.com/WaH4zCDHVP
— StatMuse (@statmuse) April 3, 2021
Without Theis in the team’s roster, Williams has been named as the team’s new starting center in the middle. He already started four games for the Celtics and is currently averaging 8.0 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks through 41 total appearances this season. Ever since he came to the league, the former Texas A&M standout has always been known for his athleticism, rebounding, and shot-blocking abilities.
However, he is also effective in making plays for his other teammates as he is currently recording 1.7 assists per game as a big man. Though that tally isn’t exactly eye-popping, Williams still manages to make timely passes which leads to more opportunities for his team on the floor. His numbers are expected to go up even more as the season progresses, considering that he will be playing more minutes in their coming games.
With an increased role, the 23-year-old is looking to emerge as a key player for a Celtics side that is currently struggling with a 24-25 record to nab the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference. Robert Williams’ development will definitely be crucial as he tries to turn things around for his team in their bid to make another playoff run this season.