The Boston Celtics have a handful of dominating centers that have donned the green and white and shined on the parquet. A few come to mind who all have their rightful spots in Celtics history, such as: Bill Russell, Robert Parish, Dave Cowens, and Bill Walton.
During the Celtics’ run from 2008-2012 that brought Boston their 17th Championship Banner, the two dominant big-man forces that made their presence known on the court were Kendrick Perkins and Kevin Garnett- another pair of centers who hold their rightful spots in Celtics history.
More recently, there’s only one center that the Celtics have been able to develop into a real game changer in the NBA, ”TimeLord” Robert Williams.
The Celtics have been nothing but calm and patient with Williams since drafting him in 2018 as the only selection for the team that year. Through all of the injuries and setbacks that Williams dealt with to start his career, he’s turned into an All-Star and actual Defensive Player of the Year candidate for the 2021-22 season.
Williams has always been the difference maker on the court for Boston. He had a career season this year with 10 points (73.6 FG%), 9.6 rebounds, two assists, and 2.2 BLOCKS in 61 games. Williams finished the season with a total of 134 blocks, good for third in the NBA.
In the 2021 playoffs against the Brooklyn Nets last year, Williams had 9 blocks in Game One of the first round, which became the most blocks in a playoff game in Boston Celtics franchise history.
I wonder if there’s a chance that Williams will one day break his own Celtics playoff record.
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