The Sean Williams Experiment is on. As the Boston Celtics prepare to enter the playoffs, Danny Ainge decided to roll the dice on the troubled big man from Boston College. The thought process is simple: The Celtics, despite all of the team chemistry and over-achievement since the All-Star Break, have no shot at an NBA Championship without more size and depth along the frontline. And with Jermaine O’Neal not coming back this season – or any other, for that matter – Ainge decided it was worth gambling on a talented player with character and maturity issues on the resume.
Make no mistake – Williams is hardly the Second Coming of Tyson Chandler, but he is an athletic big with a knack for blocking shots. And it’s probably asking too much for Williams to blend into the Celtics’ schemes with just two games remaining in the regular season. But Ainge and Doc Rivers will expect Williams to be aggressive when called upon, and to keep things extremely simple on both ends of the court. In short, play hard on the defensive end, and try to clean up the garbage on the offensive end.
Where this experiment takes us is anyone’s guess, but I’m hopeful that Williams can make an impact during the playoffs.