Boston Celtics forward Grant Williams was selected 22nd overall in the 2019 NBA Draft, and some NBA executives believe the first-round pick from Tennessee is worth $12-13 million.
According to Michael Scotto of HoopsHype, four unnamed NBA executives think Grant’s annual value should be in the $12-13 million range. This especially applies to contract extensions.
“Now it’s probably in the $12-14 million range for an additional extension,” an anonymous source told Scotto. “$15 million is not out of the question, but I think it’s definitely on the high end, and you’d think he’d be a starter.”
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In the year In July 2019, Williams signed a four-year, $11.8 million rookie-scale contract with the Celtics. This is a fully guaranteed deal. Last November, Boston exercised its 4,306,281 team option for the 2022-23 season.
In his rookie 2019-20 season, in 69 games, the forward averaged 3.4 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1 assist per game. In 15.1 minutes per contest, Williams is shooting 41.2% from the field and 25% from beyond the arc.
Several NBA executives believe Celtics forward Grant Williams is worth $12-13 million.
During the 2020-21 season, the Tennessee product averaged 4.7 points, 2.8 boards and 1 assist per game in 63 games. After that, he averaged a career-high 43.7% shooting from the floor and 37.2% from 3-point range.
Then last season with the Celtics, Williams averaged 7.8 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1 assist in 77 games. Not only did he log 24.4 minutes per game, the forward also started 21 contests.
Additionally, his shooting was above expectations. He shot 47.5% from the field and 41.1% from downtown. Williams is racking up scoring with every passing season. This explains why NBA executives are focusing their attention on this particular wing.
“I’m told Williams is 265 now,” Scotto continued. He’s close to 280 per game. He’s definitely setting himself up for a big contract season.
Additionally, the wing scored a career-high 27 points in the Celtics’ 109-81 win over the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
In other words, NBA executives are convinced Grant Williams is a worthy starter. Of course, the 2022-23 season will be another important test for the soon-to-be 24-year-old. Now, for the final question: Will GM Brad Stevens give Williams a multi-year extension?