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Boston Celtics assign rookie Robert Williams to Maine Red Claws prior to G-League season opener

The Boston Celtics assigned Robert Williams to join the G-League Maine Red Claws prior to their upcoming five-game road trip.

Williams will play in Maine’s season opener on Friday, taking on the Westchester Knicks at 7 p.m.

Williams has played very sparingly in Boston’s first seven games, but he has consistently displayed energy and the physical profile Boston liked when Danny Ainge selected him 27th in the draft back in June.

The Celtics’ front office remains excited about Williams, who — after two early slip-ups — has been a model citizen. Williams’ athleticism and potential for defensive versatility could make him an extremely valuable defender, and he has shown flashes as the roll man in the pick-and-roll. Whether the 3-point shot he has been working on ever truly develops into a consistent weapon remains to be seen, but there’s plenty of reason to be optimistic about his future.

Friday’s game will be worth watching to see what Williams can do in extended minutes as part of an NBA system. 

Whether Williams will join the Celtics for some (or all) of their road trip remains to be seen. With Daniel Theis out, Boston might want the depth on the front line, but this time with the Red Claws is also an excellent opportunity for Williams to get game reps.

“I’m actually looking forward to (playing in Maine),” Williams told MassLive in September. “Just to work on stuff. Everybody wants to play. Everybody want to play, showcase your talent.”

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