Celtics fans are asking two questions about rookie Rob Williams – why is he not playing more minutes, and how would he fare if given those minutes? No one knows the answers for sure, but I was frankly surprised to see how his per-36-minutes numbers projected.

When all the Boston players’ stats are projected to per-36-minutes, Rob leads them all in four key categories. He is first in rebounds per game at 11.0 RPG. How about blocks? You must be kidding! How do 6.3 blocks/game sound? He leads in that one too.

And now to field goal percentage. He hasn’t missed a shot yet, so at 100% on field goals, he leads in that stat. Turnovers? He has none. So he leads in that category also. And he ends up 9th in scoring at 14.1 PPG.

Does this mean he should start – or that Brad Stevens is blocking early stardom for Williams? No on both counts. He is only averaging 3.8 minutes per game, and that is a small sample. It is ironic that in a League that has gone to position-less basketball and small ball, most of the teams in the higher rankings have a dominant big man. Rob Williams could be one down the road. Look for my article on the subject later today.

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Tom Lane 11/25/2018 06:15:00 AM Edit

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