The Boston Celtics got a good one in Robert Williams III. The young center has been solid for the team for his entire career. The biggest highlight for him, though, came in a huge win over the Phoenix Suns.
Robert Williams posted a triple-double of 10 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists, along with 5 blocks and perfect shooting from the field. The Celtics needed every bit of his historic performance, which has never been done… ever. (via StatMuse)
Robert Williams first career triple-double:
He is the first player with a triple-double, 5+ blocks and 100% shooting since 1983 (as far back as our data goes). pic.twitter.com/TXPmc0ynMV
— StatMuse (@statmuse) December 31, 2021
Williams has been more known as a rim protector and lob threat for the Celtics in his entire career. However, against the Suns, the young center showed an improved passing game, flashing the vision and the willingness to distribute the basketball. This development is encouraging for the team's fans, who have been rooting for him to improve on his already solid game.
New Celtics head coach Ime Udoka was also just as surprised as most fans were with Robert Williams' triple-double.
“A few weeks ago I didn’t know how good of a passer he was. Obviously we go through some of that stuff with (Al Horford) coming into the season but we really saw what Rob could do right there as well.”
As for the Celtics as a whole, they've going through a Jekyll and Hyde phase this season. Their win over the runner-up last season in the Suns looks amazing, but they've also dropped games to bottom-feeding teams. Rumors of internal discord floated earlier in the season, and the team currently sits below .500.
Perhaps this Williams performance will be the boost the Celtics need to get back on track. We'll see.