Boston Celtics rumors: Expect Grant Williams to be a starter this season

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With Kemba Walker out until January, it seems rather likely that Grant Williams finds his way into the Boston Celtics starting five.

The Boston Celtics roster will look quite different this upcoming season and that includes the starting five. C’s fans should expect to see a lot more Grant Williams when the season begins.

We now know that Kemba Walker will be out till at least January due to ongoing issues with his knee. That will be quite the blow especially now that Gordon Hayward is no longer on the roster.

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With Walker missing time it’s likely that Marcus Smart takes his place but the lineup could undergo even more changes. It seems rather likely.

But now it seems that Grant Williams could also find his way in the starting five. It might be surprising to some Celtics fans but it would make a lot of sense.

Williams had a rather mediocre rookie season. Averaging 15 minutes a game, he averaged 3.4 points and 2.6 rebounds a game. That doesn’t exactly scream starting power forward, but starting Williams would help out the team.

But to his credit, Williams is a great defender. Having him on the court could definitley improve Boston’s overall defensive skills.

One of the things that the Celtics have struggled the most with is bench depth. In the playoffs, Boston had about seven or eight players they could rely on. If the Celtics want to be a championship contender, they need to be a much deeper team.

Starting Williams would allow for players such as Daniel Theis and Robert Williams to become key parts of the second unit. This is also assuming that Tristian Thompson starts over Theis.

As well as the “Timelord” and Theis, Jeff Teague would be able to come off the bench with Boston not playing small ball and we could see what draft picks Payton Pritchard and Aaron Nesmith could do.

Next. James Harden would be a Kyrie Irving type mess. dark

So it will be interesting to see what Brad Stevens ends up doing this season but it looks like Williams will have a chance to show what he is made of this upcoming season. He should get a steady increase in minutes.