Report Card: Sean Williams
Player: Sean Williams
2011-12 averages: 3.7 ppg, 4 rpg, 14 mpg with Boston (3.6 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 9.7 mpg overall)
2011-12 salary: $50,000 (pro-rated $885,000 veteran minimum)
Season highlight: Waived by the Mavericks on March 22, Williams was probably just happy to latch on with a team and earned himself a few nice paychecks. He appeared in three regular-season games for the Celtics, chipping in six points, seven rebounds, and a block over 19 minutes in the regular-season finale against the Milwaukee Bucks. That might have helped earn him an active spot in the postseason over rookie JaJuan Johnson.
Season lowlight: The former first-round pick (17th overall) of the New Jersey Nets spent the better part of the past two seasons in the D-League. The Mavericks gave him a chance early in the 2011-12 campaign and he responded by scoring 12 points in 11 minutes in the team's second game of the year. Alas, soon he was back in the D-League and simply couldn't stick whenever Dallas called him up for an opportunity.
Final grade: Incomplete.
Teacher's notes: Forty-eight minutes of court time with the Celtics simply isn't enough to offer a grade. For an extremely limited sample (three end-of-the-regular-season games) Williams put up nice numbers, particularly his defensive rebounding (21.4) and total rebound percentages (16.8) -- those sort of numbers would have ranked him in the top 25 of those categories if maintained for the season.
What's next?: It'll be interesting to see if the Celtics liked what they saw enough to bring Williams back. The team inked him to a fully non-guaranteed second-year at $915,000 and have until August 1 to decide if they want to pick that up. That allows Boston to do its offseason shopping and clear the contract if it finds an upgrade -- or hold on and give him another chance if they feel he's a better bench option after getting a taste of the system. It's easy to forget, but Williams is just 25 years old -- younger than C's rookie Greg Stiemsma -- and the 6-foot-10 forward now has four years of NBA experience under his belt.
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