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Boston Celtics | #12 | Forward











6'6" | 236lb | 23 years

Player Bio


2019-20: Appeared in 69 games averaging 3.4 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 15.1 minutes per game…Shot 41.2 percent from the field, 25.0 percent from three and 72.2 percent from the free-throw line…Made his NBA debut against Philadelphia and recorded one rebound in 7:12 on Oct. 23…Netted a season-high with 18 points against Detroit on Dec. 20…Corralled a season-high eight rebounds against Washington on Aug. 13.


COLLEGE CAREER: 2018-19 (Junior): First player to win SEC Player of the Year in back-to-back seasons since 1995; Only 10 players have ever achieved the feat, including VFLs Bernard King and Dale Ellis and all-time greats such as Pete Maravich, Shaquille O’Neal and Corliss Williamson…Joined Bernard King and Dale Ellis as the only Vols to ever be named consensus first-team All- Americans by the NCAA…One of 15 players named to the Men’s National Ballot for the John R. Wooden Award…One of five players named a 2019 John R. Wooden Award finalist…One of four players named a 2019 Citizen Naismith Trophy Men’s Player of the Year finalist…One of four players named a 2018-19 Oscar Robertson Trophy finalist…One of five players named a 2019 Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award finalist…Was one of 10 semifinalists named to the 2019 Naismith Defensive Player of the Year Award…Was one of only 10 Division I players to total more than 500 points, 250 rebounds and 100 assists (696/278/117)…His 23-of-23 performance from the free-throw line at Vanderbilt (1/23/19) stands as the most free throws made without a miss by any player in Division I in the last 60 years and was second all-time (24-of-24 by Oklahoma State’s Arlen Clark vs. Colorado, 3/7/1959). It also broke the Tennessee records for most free throws in a game and consecutive free throws made in a single game, surpassing Bill Justus’ 22 total makes and 18 consecutive makes vs. Ohio on March 17, 1969…His 43 points at Vanderbilt (1/23/19) were the most by a Vol since all-time leading scorer Allan Houston also dropped 43 against LSU on Feb. 10, 1990. Williams’ effort also tied for the fifth-most points in a single game in school history…Became the ninth Vol to ever to be the SEC’s scoring champion after averaging 18.8 points per game; 11th time overall a Tennessee player was the league’s scoring champ (Bernard King and Tony White each did it twice)…His 696 points during his junior year ranked sixth all time in school history for a single season and marked the most points by a Vol since Allan Houston’s 717 in 1991-92; his 55 blocks were tied for sixth in a season in program history…His 213 free throws and 260 free-throw attempts both ranked as the second-highest totals in program history…Ranked in the top 10 of the SEC in scoring (1st/18.8 ppg), field-goal percent- age (2nd/.565), free-throw percentage (5th/.819), rebounding (6th/7.5 rpg) and assist/turnover ratio (10th/1.4) as a junior…Finished his Tennessee career ranked in the top 10 of UT’s all-time career lists for blocks (3rd/160), free-throw attempts (3rd/661), free throws made (4th/501) and offensive rebounds (8th/257); he also finished 12th in scoring (1,629)…No 2018-19 junior in Division I made (501) or attempted (661) more career free throws than Williams; 31 percent (213 of 696) of his junior-year scoring came at the charity stripe…Led the SEC in player efficiency rating (31.3) and was second in offensive rating (130.5) according to Basketball Reference… Finished with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds in four games; posted five double-doubles…Started 98 straight games dating to his freshman season…Named the Citizen Naismith Trophy Player of the Week for posting a career-high 43 points while shooting 10-of-15 from the field and a program-record 23-of-23 from the free-throw line and also tallied eight rebounds, four blocks, two assists and a key steal in the overtime win at Vanderbilt (1/23/19)…Named to the initial watch list for the 2019 John R. Wooden Award Player of the Year Award…2017-18 (Sophomore): 2018 SEC Player of the Year led the Vols in scoring (15.2 ppg), was second in blocks (44) and rebounding (6.0 rpg) and finished fourth in assists (66)…First-Team All-SEC honoree scored at least 10 points in 29 of UT’s 35 games while leading the Vols in scoring in 12 contests and eclipsing the 20-point margin eight times…Ranked ninth in the SEC in scoring (16.1 ppg) and ninth in shooting percentage (.463) during league play despite being regularly double-teamed; scored 20-plus in five SEC contests…Joined Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer Bernard King as the only Vols ever to earn SEC Play of the Year distinc- tion as underclassmen…Averaged 12.3 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.0 steal during Tennessee’s three-game SEC Tournament run, highlighted by his first double-double of the season with 10 points and 11 rebounds in the quarterfinal win over Mississippi State (3/9/18)…2016-17 (Freshman): SEC All-Freshman Team performer appeared in all 32 games, earning 29 starts…His 402 total points rank sixth all-time among Tennessee freshmen, trailing Bernard King (661), Allan Houston (609), Tobias Harris (521), Ernie Grunfeld (453) and Chris Lofton (410)…Was a part of the highest-scoring freshman class in program history (1,140 points)…Finished the year as Tennessee’s second-leading scorer (12.6 ppg) while pacing the squad in rebounds (5.9 rpg) and blocked shots (1.9 bpg)…His 61 blocked shots on the year shattered Tennessee’s previous freshman record of 39 (C.J. Black, 1996-97) and ranked as the second-most ever recorded in a single season by a Vol; his 1.9 bpg average ranked third all-time for a single season and easily bested the previous freshman record of 1.41 (C.J. Black, 1996-97)…Finished the year ranked 18th in the SEC in rebounding (5.9 rpg) and fifth in blocked shots (1.9 bpg, second among freshmen)…His 94 offensive rebounds were the most ever by a Tennessee freshman and tied for the sixth- most by a Vol in a single season…Led the Vols in scoring nine times, tallying 20 games in double figures and two 30-point outings. His pair of 30-point performances made him just the third Vol in history to record multiple 30-point games as a freshman (Bernard King, Allan Houston)…Posted a team-high four double-doubles on the year, three of which came over the Vols’ final five games… Emerged as the Vols’ top performer in SEC play, averaging a team-high 14.2 points and 6.4 rebounds per game…Tied for the team lead with eight drawn charges on the year…Led the Vols in rebounding (5.5 rpg) and blocks (2.0 bpg)…Had an impressive showing in his collegiate debut, logging eight points, two blocks and a team-high 10 rebounds in the season-opener vs. Chattanooga (11/11/16); prior to that game, the last Vol freshman to record 10 or more rebounds in his Tennessee debut was C.J. Black vs. Morehead State (11/24/96). HIGH SCHOOL: Providence Day earned a final USA TODAY Sports Super 25 Expert Ranking of No. 16…Powered Providence Day to the 2016 North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association 3A state championship; the Chargers finished the season with a 30-4 record (a school record for victories) and won 20 straight games before their season-ending loss at the national tourna- ment…As a senior, he led Providence Day to four wins over teams that were ranked in the USA TODAY national top-25 poll at some point in the season…As a senior in 2015-16, Williams averaged 15.8 points, 10.1 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 3.0 blocks and 0.5 steals per game en route to Associated Press All-State honors…Is one of only four players ever to be named The Charlotte Observer’s Player of the Year in back-to-back years (2015 and 2016), joining Queen City greats Ian Miller, Anthony Morrow and Jason Parker…Was selected as The Charlotte Observer’s Player of the Week 17 times during his final two high school seasons (10 times as a junior, seven times as a senior)…Produced an outstanding performance at the Hoodies House of Hope Basketball Tournament in Charlotte, North Carolina, in December 2015, earning tournament MVP honors after leading Providence Day to the event’s national bracket championship…As a junior in 2014-15, Williams averaged 18 points, 9.6 rebounds, 2.3 blocks and 2.7 assists per game. The Chargers posted a 25-5 record and reached the 2015 NCISAA semifinals while playing one of the toughest schedules in the Charlotte area…His junior-year honors included being selected to the Associated Press All-State Team as well as being named the Charlotte Observer’s 2015 Player of the Year.


Full name is Grant Dean Williams…Son of Gilbert and Teresa Williams…Mother, Teresa, is an engineer for NASA in Houston, TX…Chose to attend Tennessee over Harvard and Yale…Shortly after the conclusion of his high school senior season he performed a role in Providence Day’s production of the musical “Anything Goes”…Fulfilled all the course work for his academic major of Supply Chain Management at Tennessee by the end of his junior year.