Grant William Has Exceptional Start After Not Getting Contract Extension

Grant Williams of the Boston Celtics is a forward and former Tennessee player in his fourth NBA season. He is having an amazing start to the 2021-2022 NBA Season. As of 10/25/22, Williams is shooting a whopping true shooting percentage of 94.6 (league average is 57 percent). His field goal percentage is 70.6 (league average is 46 percent) and his three-point percentage is 66.7 (league average is 34 percent). After beginning the new season with a disagreement on a contract extension between Grant William’s camp and the Celtics organization, the bet on himself seems to have been coming from a logical place. He is playing himself into a sizeable new contract.

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The Celtics have started this basketball season with three wins and only one loss. Even after losing their finals-reaching coach Ime Udoka due to a season long suspension after controversial events between the two parties, the team has been playing superbly. As of 10/25/2022, the Boston Celtics are second in offensive rating. The last time they played basketball, they were competing for a championship against the Golden State Warriors. From a quick look into their recent wins, the team seems to have continued to play with that fire and intensity that helped them attain an NBA Finals appearance.

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Grant Williams entered the league and finished his rookie season averaging just over 15 minutes per game in 69 games, 3.4 points per game, and 2.6 rebounds per game. He was shooting an abysmal 25 percent from the three and 70 percent from the field.
In 2021-2022, his third year, he averaged 24 minutes per game, 7.8 points per game, and 3.6 rebounds per game. Williams is shooting an elite level 41 percent from the three and an elite level 90 percent from free throw line. A marked improvement, Williams has turned from a less than average jump shooter into a top-level league-wide shooter.

During the 2022 NBA playoffs, in the Eastern Conference Semifinals Game 7 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks, Williams managed to score a career-high of 27 points. The forward’s 7 for 18 three-point shooting percentage during the NBA Game 7 set records for both made and attempted threes in an NBA Playoff Game 7.
He was an instrumental piece of the puzzle in that hallmark game, allowing the Boston Celtics to reach the finals to compete for their 18th banner.
Williams averaged 8.3 points and 3.8 rebounds in 27.3 minutes per game in the playoffs. He tried his best in the Celtics' NBA Finals run, but they were defeated by the Golden State Warriors in a total of six games, two of which were won by the Celtics.

His improvement as a player has allowed the Celtics to add another potent offensive weapon into their offense. This allowed the team to explore a wider arrange of offensive playstyles and enjoy a barrage of the most efficient way to get points in the game, the three. However, this has also given a larger amount of leverage to Williams.

Grant Williams committed to the Celtics organization in 2019 by signing a four-year, $11.8 million rookie scale agreement. He exercised his $4,306,281 team option for the 2022–2023 season in November. Yet, the wing did not sign a new deal with Boston.

Both negotiating parties allowed the deadline for William’s contract extension deal to pass. In defense of the Celtics, they will soon be responsible for renewing or extending the star duos Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown’s contracts. These both expire in 2024.

As a result, he will enter restricted free agency with the start of the 2022-23 offseason. A restricted free agent is an unsigned player who is allowed to sign with any other team, but whose original team has the right to match the offer given by that other team and retain him. Since he is a restricted free agent, it is doubtful that a team will sign him away from Boston without exceeding the non-taxpayer mid-level exception, which has an early prediction of $11.4 million for 2023–2024.
It is apparent that Grant Williams has decided to bet on himself to attain a contract that he believes matches the value that he brings the team. As of right now, it’s looking to of been a smart decision that will net the Celtic’s wing a bigger payoff in the near future.


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