Grant Williams just outside of SI’s 100 Best NBA Players for 2022-23

While Boston Celtics backup forward Grant Williams is set to have a big year this season, the Tennessee product still sits just outside the top 100 NBA players to watch in the eyes of Sports Illustrated NBA analysts Watch the Celtics start. Campaign 2022-23.

“Williams was obviously a key ingredient in Boston’s run to the Finals,” writes Sports Illustrated’s Rohan Nadkarni of Williams’ impact on the Celtics’ near-miss 2022 NBA title. “He’s also playing in a perfect context for his special abilities, and his influence started to wane in the final rounds of the playoffs.

“However, Williams can definitely help great teams,” adds Nadkarni. “It would be surprising if he doesn’t make the list soon.”

Given the lack of big-man depth to start Boston’s season with center Robert Williams III and forward Danilo Gallinari, there’s a world where that assessment could make SI seem silly.

But right now, Williams feels right on the cusp of being in the league’s top 100 — either straight in or straight out — for Williams next season.

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