Following the announcement of Marcus Smart taking home this year’s Defensive Player of the Year award, the NBA released its full voting results.
Smart took home the hardware with 37 votes and 257 total points. But he had company on the list with two Celtics teammates: Robert Williams also received a first and second-place vote for the award for his efforts this season. Al Horford also received a second-place vote.
For Williams, his shot-blocking and close-out abilities apparently stood out to voters. On the season, Williams had a career-high 5.7 defensive rebounds per game, with 56 blocks, as another staple of the Celtics’ defense. He also led the NBA with a 102.4 defensive rating.
If the Celtics can advance in the playoffs, Williams does have a chance to return for a championship. Brad Stevens and Ime Udoka stuck to the 4-6-week timeline for a return for Williams. This sets up the possibility for the center to come back, at the earliest, at the end of the first-round series if the Celtics and Nets go six or seven games.
As outlined by his stats and accolades, Williams would add a legitimate boost to Boston’s playoff chances on the defensive side of the ball.