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#22 – Grant Williams – Boston Celtics

With the 22nd overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, the Boston Celtics have selected Grant Williams.



With the 22nd overall pick of the NBA Draft, the Boston Celtics have selected Grant Williams, a former standout with the Tennessee Volunteers.

Williams almost opted to stay in school for his senior season — but this first-round selection validates his decision to move to the next level. At 6-foot-7, Williams offered the type of well-rounded, energy-driven athleticism that the Celtics could always utilize. He’ll need to improve from deep to really leave his mark on head coach Brad Stevens’ tough-to-crack rotation, but his versatility and hard-working skillset will make him a fan favorite in no time.

For those looking for more information on Williams, Basketball Insiders offered a closer look at the forward after the NBA Draft Combine in May. During scrimmages at the combine, Williams was well-lauded for his attention to detail and natural leadership abilities — so it won’t be long before the Celtics’ veteran-driven rotation makes room here either.

In all, Williams was an NCAA Unanimous First Team All-American and the reigning back-to-back SEC Player of the Year — he’s got the awards and plaudits to prove an impressive collegiate resume. If he can take his game to the next level, it’s hard to argue that there was a more perfect home for Williams’ talents than in Boston.

Ben Nadeau is a Seattle-based writer in his third year with Basketball Insiders. For five seasons, he covered the Brooklyn Nets for The Brooklyn Game.

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