Boston Celtics

Mar 21, 2019; Columbus, OH, USA; Tennessee Volunteers forward Grant Williams (2) talks to the media during practice before the first round of the 2019 NCAA Tournament at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

By Ty Anderson,

With their middle of three first-round draft selections, the Boston Celtics have selected Tennessee forward Grant Williams.

The two-time reigning SEC Player of the Year, Williams comes to the Celtics after averaging 19.3 points and 7.7 rebounds in 31 games for the Vols en route to a Sweet 16 appearance last season.

Despite his status as a relatively undersized forward, the 6-foot-7 Williams is a solid finisher at the basket (he shot 56.9 percent from the field last season), and has the competitive versatility and wingspan that can make him a tough matchup for bigs and wings alike. Staying out of foul trouble (his 3.0 fouls per game were most among Vols players last season) and working on his shot from mid-range and deep have been identified as areas of improvement for the 20-year-old.

Williams, whose mother is a safety engineer at NASA, even has thoughts on soon-to-be ex-Celtic Kyrie Irving’s Earth is flat nonsense, as brought to light in this interview with The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

Barring a trade, the Celtics will conclude their first-round fun with the No. 24 overall pick.

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