NBA Draft: 3 lottery players the Rockets should trade up to take
Robert Williams – Texas A&M (Center)
If the Rockets are worried about losing near-All-Star center Clint Capela in free agency, drafting another athletic center might be a decent move.
While the high-end centers like DeAndre Ayton, Mo Bamba & Wendell Carter Jr. are expected to go in the top 7-8 picks of the draft, Robert Williams is expected to be a mid-late lottery pick. He could be a great fit in Houston, potentially.
Like we said, Williams is extremely athletic. He has the ability to catch alley-oops, something that is imperative for centers in the Houston Rockets organization.
He also is a fantastic rebounder and a physical player. Williams averaged 9.2 rebounds per game after averaging 8.2 the year before. With a long wingspan of around 7’5 or 7’6, he is a prolific shot-blocker who averaged 2.6 of them per game last season.
Williams would be a center with the Rockets as he has little shooting ability. He also is a poor free throw shooter, even for a big man. Last season at A&M, he shot just 47% from the line, down from 59% the year before.
From what I’ve heard, Robert Williams also has some consistency issues. He can have stretches in games where he is a non-factor. While he is still young and developing, that is definitely not a good sign.
For a potential replacement for Capela, Williams certainly wouldn’t be a bad choice. He has some serious athletic ability and would love having two Hall of Fame guards throwing him lobs.
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