Grant Williams stumps for various Celtics for postseason honors


Award season is just about here in the NBA.

If Boston Celtics forward Grant Williams were submitting a ballot, it'd be tinted green.

In a series of tweets on Monday, Williams listed Jayson Tatum, Marcus Smart, Robert Williams III and Ime Udoka as among those who should take home some hardware when All-NBA Teams and other awards are announced during the postseason.

Williams has Smart as the Defensive Player of the Year, which would make him since Gary Payton did so for the Seattle SuperSonics in 1995-96.

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Tatum, meanwhile, would make his first All-NBA First Team if Williams had a vote. There's a compelling case to be made for Tatum, who led the NBA in net rating (12.1) this season while averaging a career-high 26.9 points per game.

The Time Lord, who had the third-most blocks in the NBA this season (134) and finished in the top 10 in defensive rating, makes First Team All-Defense on Williams' ballot.

Helping the case for Williams even more might be the Celtics' No. 1-ranked defense (104.5 points allowed per game), something he referenced in his case for Udoka to be the NBA Coach of the Year.

Monty Williams, head coach of the Phoenix Suns, guided the team to a franchise-best 64-18 record, tops in the NBA. But Udoka, the first-year coach of the Celtics, certainly has a compelling case of his own -- not to mention the support of Smart as well.

One way or another, Boston seems certain to be well-represented when honors are announced, whether it's exactly how Williams spelled it out or not. 

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