Celtics Summer League Coach Drops Truth Bomb on Travion Williams

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Trevion Williams, Boston Celtics

The Boston Celtics begin their Summer League season on July 9 when they take on the Miami Heat in Las Vegas.

Outside of Yam Madar who chose to miss this year’s Summer League, the roster is exactly what you would expect. JD Davison will be part of the rotation, along with Sam Hauser and a plethora of undrafted talent and G-League stars. No player, however, commands more attention than Trevion Williams – the naughty big man from Purdue with elite passing ability.

And according to Summer League head coach Ben Sullivan, the young center is already making a big impression on the coaching staff.


Ben Sullivan: Passing Trevion Williams really stood out | Celtics Summer LeagueBRIGHTON, MA — Celtics Summer League coach and assistant Ben Sullivan spoke to the media Thursday as the Summer Celtics prepare for the Las Vegas Summer League. —————————————– – #celtics #NBA #CelticsCLNS The CLNS Media Network is the leading provider of video/audio content. CLNS is a fully recognized member of the media with access…2022-07-07T21:23:13Z

“The first thing that stood out was his passing – such a willing passer. Great vision, he can see the entire floor, with his size, touch and feel was very impressed not only with his willingness to pass but also with his vision and ability to see the floor,” Sullivan told the media during a Event on July 8 press conference.


Williams Passing offers enormous potential

If you look at the current Celtics roster, it’s clear that the team has two of the best passing centers in the NBA in Al Horford and Robert Williams. Sure, the Celtics rarely used their passing bigs last season, but given their playmaking skills, that could change in the coming months.

Trevion Williams is built to a similar mold and has proven to be an exceptional passer – particularly outside the center post. While at Purdue, the Boilermakers consistently placed the young center in positions to affect offense with his pass, either running dribbling hand-offs around the elbows on Zoom actions or hitting well-placed swing passes, after they ducked into the center post.

If Ime Udoka plans to lead more offense through Boston’s plethora of passing bigs, Trevion Williams could find himself in a favorable position during training camp, provided he plays at a high level in the upcoming Summer League games and tournaments.


Boston’s roster offers opportunities for Williams

The Celtics are currently short of the center position after selling Daniel Theis as part of the trade package Malcolm Brogdon took over on July 1. Sure, Boston could turn to free agency to fill the void or take advantage of their $17.2 million trade exemption.

However, should the Purdue product prove capable of filling the void and allowing Udoka continuity in his offensive and defensive plans, he could position himself for a shot on the final 15-man roster. Of course, Trevion Williams is still incredibly raw after his death, and it’s unlikely he would rack up any significant minutes on a regular basis.

But as a cost-controlled option, the playmaking center could be the perfect understudy for Robert Williams and Horford while also putting pressure on Luke Kornet – who is purporting to be the primary backup center the way things are currently set up.

Regardless of what happens in the coming weeks, Trevion Williams is in a favorable position with a clear path to an NBA roster spot if he excels in Summer League and training camp, and for an undrafted rookie that’s more, than he could have hoped for.

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