Grant Williams
Grant Williams
22-Year-Old ForwardF
Boston Celtics
2020 Fantasy Outlook
During his rookie season, Grant Williams supplied the all the intangibles the Celtics were hoping for when they picked the 6-foot-7 big man with the 22nd pick in the 2019 Draft. Those intangibles, such as switching on defense, setting tough picks and being a positive influence in the locker room, unfortunately won't help your fantasy team. Heading into 2020-21, expect Williams to see more minutes at center when the Celtics decide to go small. Also expect Williams to improve on his 25.0 percent three-point shooting from last season. Over the last 40 games of the season, the Tennessee product shot 33.3 percent from the behind the arc. Williams will probably see more floor time than the 15.1 minutes per game he received as a rookie. But that playing time boost will probably be modest and most likely won't result in much statistical improvement. Williams is still looking up at Jayson Tatum, Daniel Theis and Tristan Thompson on the Boston depth chart. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $4.88 million contract with the Celtics in July of 2019. Celtics exercised $2.62 million team option for 2021-22 in December of 2020. Contract includes $4.31 million team option for 2022-23.
Personal Bio

Grant Dean Williams was born in 1998 in Houston. He is the son of Gilbert and Teresa Williams. His mother, Teresa, is an electrical engineer for NASA in Houston. Grant attended and played high school basketball at Providence Day School in Charlotte. He was one of only four players ever to be named The Charlotte Observer's Player of the Year in back-to-back years (2015 and 2016). During his senior season (2015-16), Williams averaged 15.8 points, 10.1 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 3.0 blocks and 0.5 steals per game en route to Associated Press All-State honors. He also led Providence Day to the 2016 North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association 3A state championship. Shortly after the conclusion of his senior season, he performed a role in Providence Day's production of the musical "Anything Goes". After high school, Williams chose to attend the University of Tennessee over Harvard, Princeton and Yale. Grant has joked that his mom was upset he passed over Harvard and that she didn't talk to him for two months. At Tennessee, the power forward fulfilled all the course work for his academic major, Supply Chain Management, by the end of his junior year. In his first December with Boston, Williams' gifted each Celtic team employee with a custom jarred candle which read "Appreciate All You Do For Us, Let's Have a Great Year." During their rookie season together, new Celtics Grant Williams and Tacko Fall hosted the "Grant & Tacko Show" podcast in a partnership with The Athletic. Fans can follow the thoughtful and polite Williams on Twitter @Grant2Will.

College/International Summary

In three years (2016-19) at the University of Tennessee, Grant Williams earned his degree in Supply Chain Management and started 101 of 104 basketball games for the Volunteers. After averaging 12.6 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.9 blocks over 25.4 minutes his freshman season, he was named to the 2016-17 SEC All-Freshman team. As a sophomore, he was named 2018 SEC Player of the Year, led the Vols in scoring (15.2 ppg), and was second in blocks (44) and rebounding (6.0 rpg). He joined Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer Bernard King as the only Vols ever to earn SEC Play of the Year distinction as underclassmen. After his third and final season, Williams was the first player to win SEC Player of the Year in back-to-back years since 1995. He also joined Bernard King and Dale Ellis as the only Vols to ever be named consensus first-team All-Americans by the NCAA. His 23-of-23 performance from the free-throw line at Vanderbilt (Jan. 23, 2019) stands as the most free throws made without a miss by any player in Division I in the last 60 years and was second all-time.

Does little in starting role
FBoston Celtics
January 16, 2021
Williams (COVID-19 health and safety protocols) posted two points (1-3 FG, 0-1 3Pt) and two rebounds in Friday's 124-97 win over the Magic.
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Williams was placed in the protocol last weekend when he was determined to be a close contact of Robert Williams -- who tested positive for COVID-19 -- but the former only ended up missing one game after the Celtics had three consecutive contests postponed. After clearing the protocol ahead of Friday's game, Williams stepped into the starting five in place of Jayson Tatum, who also tested positive for the virus. Despite the enhanced role, Williams was unable to make much of an impact on the box score, as Jaylen Brown, Jeff Teague and Marcus Smart dominated the usage on the top unit in the blowout.
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The 22nd overall pick in the 2019 draft, Williams played in 69 of 72 regular-season games for the Celtics during his pandemic-shortened rookie campaign, making five starts in the process. The Tennessee product averaged 3.4 points and 2.6 rebounds per game while mostly playing a rotational role off the bench. Williams proved proficient at winning skills that don't show up in the box score. He was excellent at rotating on defense, delivering up-court hockey assists and setting screens for others. In his fifth NBA contest, a Nov. 1 win over the Knicks, Williams cracked double-digit points for the first time, notching 10 points with four boards. After missing his first 25 NBA three-point attempts (through his first 20 games), Williams improved to 33.8 percent shooting from behind the arc with 0.5 treys per game over his last 49 regular season games. His biggest offensive outburst came on Dec. 20 against Detroit, when he shot 8-of-10 from the field en route to 18 points. On Aug. 13 in the Orlando bubble, he pulled down a season-high eight boards against the Wizards, rounding out his sat line with seven points, two assists and a blocked shot. The 6-foo-6 forward blocked two or more shots in eight games. Williams went on to appear as a reserve in all 17 of the Celtics' playoff games during their run to the Eastern Conference finals. In Game 2 of the first round against the Sixers, he delivered nine points, six rebounds, two assists and a block in 20:36 on the court.

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Transaction History
  • June 20, 2019
    Selected by the Boston Celtics in the first round (22nd overall pick) of the 2019 NBA Draft.
  • July 11, 2019
    Signed a two-year, $4.88 million contract with the Boston Celtics.
  • December 29, 2020
    Boston Celtics exercised $2.62 million team option for 2021-22.
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2019 Fantasy Outlook
Grant Williams, the 22nd pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, has "Glue Guy" written all over him. No one questions Williams' team-first attitude. The concern is his size. At 6-foot-7, can Williams legitimately play power forward in the Association? His 7.5 rebounds per game during his last Vol season certainly look appealing to a Boston squad that's struggled on the boards. With the departure of both Al Horford and Aron Baynes, big-man minutes are certainly available, even with the addition of Enes Kanter. Boston did retain Daniel Theis, but he's had injury issues during both his prior Celtics seasons. Long-term, Boston would love for Williams to evolve into an effective inside presence, guarding bigs and cleaning the glass, while allowing the more dynamic Jayson Tatum or Gordon Hayward to work outside the key. Expecting that to occur during Williams' rookie season is probably asking too much, though. Expect Boston to bring their young Williams bigs (Grant and Robert) along slowly while they learn the subtleties of coach Brad Stevens' system. A slower approach would also grant Williams time to improve his catch-and-shoot three-pointer, something he showed potential with during college, draining 33 percent of his treys his final collegiate season. Playing time will be inconsistent for Williams, but the opportunity to shine does exist.
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Joins starting five
FBoston Celtics
January 15, 2021
Williams is starting Friday's game against the Magic.
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Not on injury report
FBoston Celtics
January 14, 2021
Williams (COVID-19 protocols) is not on the injury report ahead of Friday's game against Orlando.
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Expected back Friday
FBoston Celtics
Covid-19
January 14, 2021
Williams (COVID-19 protocols) is expected to be available for Friday's game against the Magic, Chris Forsberg of NBC Sports Boston reports.
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Out due to contact tracing
FBoston Celtics
Covid-19
January 8, 2021
Williams (COVID-19 protocols) has been ruled out for Friday's game against the Wizards and will be unavailable while going through the seven-day quarantine period for contact tracing, Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe reports.
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Questionable Friday
FBoston Celtics
Covid-19
January 7, 2021
Williams (health and safety protocols) is questionable for Friday's game against Washington, Tim Bontemps of ESPN reports.
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