Williams, 23, is 6-foot-8 and averaged 8.0 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in 52 games last season, his third in the league. His emergence helped the Celtics feel comfortable in moving center Tristan Thompson, now with the Kings.
“A career 72 percent shooter from the field, Williams has shown flashes of ability to be an impact player at both ends of the court, with his impressive athleticism making him effective as a finisher offensively and a rim protector defensively, and he has also shown impressive passing ability,” wrote Tim Bontemps of ESPN.
Boston has made an array of noteworthy moves in former coach Brad Stevens‘ early run as president of basketball operations.
That includes trading point guard Kemba Walker to the Thunder for forward/center Al Horford, signing point guard Dennis Schroder and center Enes Kanter, and trading for shooting guard Josh Richardson.
“I think that we’ve been fortunate to add some guys that can really play,” Stevens told reporters. “I think that that’s a positive, and I think that we’re in a good position from the big picture standpoint.”