As part of WEEI’s coverage of the 2018 NBA Draft here is one in a series of profiles of prospective picks. The Celtics have one pick, the 27th overall. The draft will be held on June 21.
Weight: 200 pounds
2017-18 Stats: 13.7 points, 9.3 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 1.8 steals
Scouting Report: Williams’ versatility intrigues coaches, as he could play small forward, power forward, or even stretch out as a shooting guard. He handled the ball well as a senior and rebounds extremely effectively for his size and wingspan. He can score from inside and out, evidenced by a strong .395 shooting percent from beyond the arc. He can beat slow forwards with a strong spot up jumper; according to NBA.com, Williams’ 1.119 points per spot up attempt placed him in 85th percentile. He can shoot over smaller guards, cuts well, uses ball screens, and crashes the glass for putbacks. Williams’ 1.317 points per shot around the rim in the half court ranked him 82nd percentile. A willing passer, his uncanny cutting ability allows him to find open shooters. A jack of all trades on offense, Williams can find a niche in any offensive, yet should not be relied on to carry the offense, as he does not accel at any one thing to push him over the top.
Williams’ offensive shortcomings come in transition and at the charity stripe. Williams scores 0.800 points per possession in transition, putting him in the 15th percentile. He is prone to turning the ball over on the break, despite his good passing in the half-court. According to NBA.com, Williams made only three of 18 three-point attempts in transition, well below his eye-popping 44 percent mark in the half court. Williams does not frequent the free throw line, and only made .688 percent of his attempts during his senior season. The previous two campaigns, Williams averaged unsightly marks of .586 and .607, respectively. For a reliable shooter, his paltry free throw percentages prove detrimental.
Williams is a tireless worker on defense, providing help when necessary and rotates well. He fights through screens and is relentless with on-ball pressure. He averaged 1.5 steals, frustrating opponents and forcing turnovers. Williams reads the game well, which allows him to be in the right place at the right time frequently. His short wingspan could pose problems in guarding longer forwards.
Notes: Williams played five years of college basketball. He was not heavily recruited out of high school and played his first year at New Mexico junior college. His perceived lack of upside and age hurt him when being compared to other NBA prospects. He also had undergone multiple procedures on his knees, one of which sidelined him for the entire 2015-16 season.
Williams worked out for the Celtics on June 8. Tom Westerholm of MassLive tweeted the following regarding Williams’ workout: “TCU’s Kenrich Williams said the Celtics’ workout was different from other workouts he has experienced. ‘This was more based on defense and how tough you are.’” The Celtics dominated defensively last season and have a roster of gritty players known for their commitment to giving 110 percent effort on every play. Williams would fit this mold perfectly.
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Source: GreenStreet Blog