Robert Williams

Robert Williams Player Profile

Strengths

  • Rim Runner
  • Athlete: Nimble and powerful at the same time
  • Lob Threat: Dude lives in the dunker spot, has a zip code there
  • PnR Defense: Switchability due to massive wingspan and good lateral movement
  • Solid Passer, especially for his position
  • Rim Protection! Covers help-side ground in a hurry, elite shot blocker
  • Measurables: Standing reach and wingspan are massive, has good weight to him

Concerns

  • Jumper: No consistency in form
  • Post Game: Nonexistent, lacks touch
  • For such a large person, why are his screens so weak?
  • Engaged defender, but lacks fundamentals and discipline

Pro Comp

  • Bam Adebayo
  • DeAndre Jordan
  • Amir Johnson

Tier and Picks

  • Tier 3/4
  • Picks 13-16

Physical

  • 6’9” 
  • 240 lbs 
  • 7’5” Wingspan

Outlook

10 years ago, Robert Williams may have been a top-7 pick.

Unfortunately, the NBA has changed in ways that have outpaced Mr. Williams. Of course, rim protectors will always be valuable, along with good rebounders and guys who can guard 1-5. Yet, the League is crawling with stretch 5s, guys who will pull Williams away from doing what he does best – protecting the paint. You can still get 32-36 good minutes from Williams in a playoff game; however, will he close out those same games when teams finish with small lineups? Probably not. Drafting Williams in the 10-14 range is good, but I would aim to get him 13-16. In modern PnR offenses, Williams will show great use as a lob threat. Also, his defensive potential is akin to DeAndre Jordan. Positional value has driven down Williams’ stock, yet we saw the impact a shot blocker like Gobert had on the Jazz. You know what you are getting with Williams but, is it what you want during the last 5 minutes of a playoff game?

GIFS YOU MUST SEE!

1. Dunker spot, two-handed finish, great fit w/ modern offenses

2. Defense: Stymies point guard, recovers to block tall shooter

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