Boston Celtics first-year big man Robert Williams showed up in two different places on the NBA’s rookie survey.
Williams received votes for “Which rookie was the biggest steal at where he was selected in the draft?” and “Which rookie is the most athletic?”
The Philadelphia 76ers’ Zhaire Smith received 24 percent of the vote for most athletic, finishing first. The Minnesota Timberwolves’ Keita Bates-Diop’s 13 percent of the vote for biggest steal placed him atop the list. The Denver Nuggets’ Michael Porter Jr. and San Antonio Spurs’ Lonnie Walker IV tied for second.
NBA.com annually polls rookies for a survey that provides questions ranging from “Which rookie will have the best career?” to “What is the most important skill you need to develop?” This year, Williams wasn’t the only Bostonian representative.
All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving received votes for “Who is your favorite player in the league?” The L.A. Lakers’ LeBron James, who received 29 percent of the vote, finished first in that category. The Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant tied for second.
The Celtics have another rookie next to Williams: 29-year-old guard Brad Wanamaker, who signed with Boston this summer after playing 2017-18 in Turkey. Wanamaker did not make any appearances on the survey.
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The Celtics selected Williams with the No. 27 pick in this past June’s draft. The 20-year-old averaged 10.4 points, 9.2 rebounds and 2.6 blocks this past year at Texas A&M.
Fred Katz covers the Celtics for MassLive.com. Follow him on Twitter: @FredKatz.