Robert Williams' block party vs. Hawks put him in Celtics' record books


We need to talk about Robert Williams, and this time, we're leaving nicknames out of it.

The Boston Celtics rookie blocked a career-high five shots Friday night against the Atlanta Hawks -- despite playing just 16 minutes. Turns out he's the only Celtics rookie to record so many blocks in so little time.

Four of those blocks came during a four-minute span at the end of the third quarter, as the Time Lord seemed to swallow every Hawks shot near the rim in Boston's blowout win.

In fact, Williams' blocking frenzy has only been replicated (and recorded) two other times in Celtics history, as The Athletic's Jay King points out.

We should note that blocks weren't recorded as an official stat until the 1973-74 season. If Bill Russell ever played fewer than 16 minutes in a game, we'd imagine he'd be on this list, too.

But the fact remains that Williams is blocking shots at ridiculous rate this season. The 21-year-old is averaging an absurd 8.63 blocks per 48 minutes (16 total blocks in 12 games played), the highest rate in the NBA among players who have appeared in at least 10 games.

Might want to have that stat engraved on your new watch, Robert.

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