Former Tennessee Vols forward Grant Williams is currently in the hunt for his first NBA championship.
Williams became a key player for the Boston Celtics, the team that selected the former Vol with the No. 22 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.
The former Tennessee star likely won’t make an all-star game in his career, but he does a lot of little things to help Boston win that go unnoticed — little things that matter to the Celtics’ success in the playoffs .
We had an example of that on Saturday in Boston’s loss to the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
Williams got a little dirty on a play in the second quarter. As the former Vol positioned himself for a chance to rebound, he noticed Milwaukee guard Grayson Allen running across the floor. Williams took out his body and Allen absolutely leveled.
— Badger Steve 🧀🍺🦌 (@UW_Steve) May 7, 2022
If it was a player not named Grayson Allen, I bet the social media reaction to Williams (from non-Bucks fans) would be a bit more passionate. But Allen is known as one of the dirtiest players in basketball, so there’s a lot of “what’s going on, going on” directed at Allen.
It’s little things like this that have made role players like Dennis Rodman and Bruce Bowen so important to championship teams. Williams provides something Boston needs to win its first championship since 2008. It may not make him a popular NBA player, but it will make Williams popular among his teammates. And ultimately, that’s all he should care about.
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