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Celtics assign top pick Robert Williams to Maine Red Claws of G-League

John Tomase
November 02, 2018 - 12:23 pm

The Celtics have assigned first-round draft pick Robert Williams to the Maine Red Claws, who open their season in the NBA's G-League on Friday night.

The athletic 6-foot-10 rookie out of Texas A&M has impressed with his energy and shot-blocking, but even with big man Daniel Theis sidelined for two weeks with a foot injury, minutes have been hard to come by. Williams has played 12 minutes in four games, making his only field goal attempt and blocking three shots.

Celtics head coach Brad Stevens recently praised Williams' development, which came after a rocky start to camp that included multiples bouts with tardiness.

"It's just something that, as those times come, he needs to stay the course and take advantage of his opportunities," Stevens said recently. "We're thrilled with the progress he's made and we do think that as time goes on, he can really help us. He has a great attitude about everything and I think he's learned a lot from Al, Baynes and Daniel. But who knows? It could all change. He could be playing a lot by next week, knock on wood. Hopefully, we will have all of our bodies, but you never know."

Williams earlier told MassLive that he's excited about the opportunity to play in Maine because, "Everybody wants to play, showcase your talent."