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Official: Sean Williams Signs With Celtics, Jermaine O’Neal Waived

 

From the C’s team press release:

Williams, a 6-10 center/forward, appeared in eight games for the Dallas Mavericks this season averaging 3.6 points and 1.6 rebounds per game. The product of Boston College also appeared in 27 games for the Texas Legends of the NBA Development League this season averaging 15.2 points, 8.9 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game. Williams was originally drafted by the New Jersey Nets with the 17th overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft and has posted career averages of 4.3 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 134 career games split between New Jersey and Dallas. Williams was named to the NBA’s 2008 Rookie/Sophomore game and recorded 17 points and 10 rebounds in the contest. He recorded his best statistical season as a rookie with the Nets when he averaged 5.6 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.45 blocks per game.

A few things to know about Williams, a tremendous athletic talent that I had the joy of watching at Boston College for a couple years, before Williams went off and ruined everything by getting kicked of the team. He declared for the draft in 2007, leading him to getting picked by the Nets, but has continued to lack the maturity and drive to have a productive NBA career.

Barring injury and blowouts, it’s highly likely we’ll be seeing Sean in just three games for the rest of the season here, as the veterans bigs get some rest. However, strictly from a talent standpoint, it’s safe to say Williams is a better overall player than Ryan Hollins at this juncture. Williams will be eligible for the playoffs, so if he shows something in these final three games, it’s possible that Doc could turn to him in a pinch if everyone (and I mean everyone) gets into foul trouble this postseason.

The next couple games should be an open audition in that sense between him and Hollins. With that in mind, here’s a couple other things to expect from Sean:

* Lots of impressive blocks (Nicknamed Sean Williams Block Party at BC)
* Hitting the offensive glass hard
* Freakish athleticism
* Undeveloped offensive game
* Questionable basketball awareness

If nothing else, I will enjoy the strong chance that him and the Steimer play together tonight, creating perhaps the frontcourt duo of shot blockers in the Eastern Conference (and no I’m not kidding about that). Set your DVR kids, because this could be fun.

Oh, and don’t let the door hit you on the way out Jermaine.

  • Guest

    This is a good team for him. He went to BC and will be playing with VETS who play the game properly. KG should be able to work with the kid and give him a crash course on how to play the right way. Hopefully, he adds some shot blocking and a defensive presence to the mix.

  • Lam

    Good Riddance Jermaine. See ya! NOT.

  • -jp

    so glad JO wont get a ring if we end up winning it, he was/is worthless

  • Brian

    Jermaine will scurry down to South Beach next season and help Juwan Howard keep the bench warm.

  • Anthony

    Have always been impressed by Sean Williams' athleticism and shot blocking but there are obviously maturity issues. If he's able to overcome that, he should be a great addition to the team. Maybe I'm getting ahead of myself but I can see him neutralizing (somewhat at least) guys like Noah and Taj Gibson. Just think of all the alleys and highlights between him and Rondo.

    Let's get some rest for the core guys (Big 4, Bass, MP) and head into the playoff fresh and rejuvenated for a extended run at #18.

  • Guest

    I hope Doc can get his head straight :)

  • yeah

    So Sean Williams was once with the Nets too?
    >All-time record for most Williams ever signed

  • skeeds

    This guy, like Hollins, he's exactly the kind of guy Doc could turn into a real player if he had the time… Look at all those "bad projects", with maturity issues, Baby, Delonte, Nate Robinson… Doc (and those old dogs in the locker room) made them into real players.

    God, If KG managed to bark the whole team defensive system into Stiemsma's brain in half a season, with no practices, I can only imagine what he could do to a freak like Sean Williams if he had a whole month of camp to scare the shit out of him…

  • Sophomore

    Can he get the garden to play the song from that vid when they introduce him? That would definitely make this acquisition worthwhile.

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