Texas A&M forward Robert Williams was seen as a potential lottery pick entering last night's NBA Draft. The Celtics managed to land him with the No. 27 pick. This morning, with a media conference call set up, they couldn't seem to find him.
Williams was thought of as a lottery talent in last year's draft as well. He made the somewhat surprising decision to return for the 2017-18 season, and it might have cost him some draft position. On the other hand, he landed in Boston, and seems to fit in seamlessly with the Celtics roster.
There were some concerns with Williams that may have caused him to slide. He has had a history of injuries, and there are also reportedly some teams that were concerned with him off the court as well.
The C's are probably thrilled to have him slide to them at No. 27. However, the first few hours with him on the team have been a bit of an adventure.
According to multiple media members, the Celtics have postponed a conference call with Robert Williams because they can't find him.
Williams reportedly celebrated the NBA Draft at a Buffalo Wild Wings in Shreveport, Louisiana last night, near his hometown of Oil City.
It is unclear if B-Dubs was a really good time, or if there was some type of miscommunication. Shreveport is in Central Time, while Boston is obviously an hour ahead in Eastern Time, which is a potential explanation.
Whatever the reason, the Celtics had to reschedule the conference call again, after doing it for the first time last night.
Luckily, it sounds like a simple miscommunication. It sounds like Williams will be available soon.
The Celtics would pretty content if the extent of their issues with Williams is that he shares Kyrie Irving's dumb flat-Earth theories.
Assuming everything is cool, Williams could be the steal of the NBA Draft. The team lacks a true rim-running big man, and Williams could have the potential to be a similar player to another former Texas A&M great: DeAndre Jordan.