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Ainge says first round pick Williams has no "low engine"




Boston Celtics Draft Pick Robert Williams, center, posing with CEO Danny Ainge, left, and head coach Brad Stevens in Boston on Friday. [AP PHOTO]

Boston Celtics General Manager Danny Ainge was puzzled by all the talk about how Texas A & M Forward Robert Williams did not work hard enough to create it in the NBA.

"It's hard to have a 'low engine' and be the Defensive Player of the Year for two consecutive years in a tough conference," Ainge said on Friday after the press conference to introduce Williams.

Williams was named the Coalition of the Southeastern Conference-Defensive Player of the Year 2018 after winning the award in 2017.

A 6-foot-10, 237-pound native of Oil City, Louisiana, Williams had after his freshman year was considered a lottery pick, but he returned to play another season at school. He was projected as the first year-old in this year's draft, but he dropped to No. 27 on the Celtics.

Williams said his mother believed he needed another year to mature in college. When asked if he regretted not coming out after his first year, Williams broke a big smile and shook his head to show he did not underestimate the decision.

"I mean, I'm standing here" Williams assigned the No. 44 worn by Ainge during his Celtics-playing career. "I feel like I landed in a big place, it's just from here."

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