The NBA is most exciting when young stars are budding across the league. The talent pool is ridiculous in the Association. Some players are just waiting to sprout into the player they have the potential to be. It is best to take this subject by divisions since I want to pick a breakout player for every team. The Atlantic Division is first and consists of the Celtics, Nets, Knicks, 76ers, and Raptors. This division has some of the most competitive teams in basketball... and the Knicks, sorry Stephan A. Smith. This makes being a breakout player difficult due to lack of opportunity. But I see potential on each of these teams to bring new players into the medias scope.
Rob Williams has his fair share of nicknames already: "Lob" and "Time Lord"(Photo By: Winslow Townson)
Not many players are as exciting to watch as Robert Williams. His above-the-rim style on both ends of the floor has been a spark plug for the Celtics over the past few seasons. No plays ran for him, yet when given a solid amount of minutes will end up with double digit points nightly. Williams has been at the bottom end of a stacked Celtics roster since he was drafter in 2018. This year is no different as he plays behind Tristan Thompson and Daniel Thies at center. However, early murmurs out of training camp suggested Rob has had immense growth since the break in March last season. His potential is high and he played fantastic in the bubble.
To go along with the growth, Tristan Thompson looks as though he will be missing some time early in the season. Rob will have serious rotational minutes for the first time in his career and has improved greatly even since we last saw him in the bubble. He managed a high percentage and displayed great defensive instincts. This opportunity is all he will need. I have a feeling Brad Stevens will have no choice but to play Rob after he shows what he's got. He may even take the step from bench player to starter on a contending Celtics team by the end of the season.
Author: Daniel O'Donovan