Celtics Sign ‘Time Lord’ to Multiyear Extension
Celtics big man Robert Williams III defends Bruno Fernando, then of the Atlanta Hawks. The Boston Celts He continued making moves on Friday, this time securing an important piece for the team’s present and future. By ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Celtics and big man Robert Williams III have agreed on a multi-year extension.
According to the report, Williams, who Beantown fans affectionately know as the “Lord of Time,” is improving with the Celtics for an additional four years and $ 54 million. As Woj pointed out, Williams’ new salary puts him in the top half of the league’s centers despite the fact that he only has a handful of career starts to his name.
Williams has been with the Celtics since 2018 when the team selected him the 27th pick in the NBA draft. And while it took some time to get there, he became a key player in rotation for the team last season.
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Although he is recorded at just 6-foot-8, it was clear early on that Williams had incredible potential as an NBA center. His massive 7-foot-6-inch wingspan, 40-inch upright and overall athleticism led one to believe he could be a top-level paint protection roll racer and tire racer.
Celtics fans saw flashes of those attributes, as well as his underrated skills as a passer, during his first two seasons in the Association. However, last season he finally got a real chance to show what he could do and it made a measurable impact on the court for Boston.
At the trade deadline, the Celtics traded starting center Daniel Theis to the Chicago Bulls. It was a clear indication that the team wanted to see what he really had in Williams and he did not disappoint. The Texas A&M product started 13 games down the stretch for Boston and averaged 9.5 points, 8.3 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.8 blocks in just 23.7 minutes per game as part of the first five.
While that’s a pretty healthy individual line, it was clear that Williams’ on-court presence just improved the Celtics. In games played after the trade, he boasted a 9.1 net rating as the best on the team. The biggest difference came on the offensive side, where the Celtics were scoring 119.1 points per 100 possessions when playing.
Unfortunately, injuries limited him to just 15 games after the deadline. However, Williams clearly showed enough during that short time to win his grand prize. Even before word of his extension came, it was clear that the Celtics were committed to moving forward with Williams as their man in the middle.
With Theis out, veteran big man Tristan Thompson was also traded this offseason. And while team president Brad Stevens acquired two big men, Al Horford and Moses Brown, in the Kemba Walker trade, Brown has already been sent elsewhere and Horford is nearing the end of the line.
Enes Kanter also signed in free agency, but during his previous career at Beantown, he was limited to just 16.9 minutes per game. As long as he’s healthy, expect Williams to get as many minutes or more in 2021-22 as he did last season. He is the obvious choice at the pivot of new head coach Ime Udoka.