Blazers Receive Brutal Injury Update On Robert Williams III

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Portland Trail Blazers center Robert Williams III will require right knee surgery, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

It’s unknown yet what type of surgery Williams III will require.

Williams III has appeared in six games for the Blazers this season. He’s averaging 6.8 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.2 blocks while shooting 65.4% from the field and 77.8% from the free-throw line.

Williams III has shown himself to be one of the league’s elite rim protectors, leading the NBA in field goal percentage allowed as the closest defender among players to defend 1,000 shots, per Second Spectrum.

NBA NEWS & RUMORS: Robert Williams III, Portland Trail Blazers Updates

The Blazers acquired Williams III from the Boston Celtics in the blockbuster Jrue Holiday trade. Williams III signed a four-year, $48 million contract with the Celtics in August 2021. The big man is making $11.6 million this season.

Williams III has career averages of 7.3 points, 6.9 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 0.7 steals and 1.7 blocks with the Celtics and Blazers. He missed the start of the 2022-23 season after undergoing an arthroscopic procedure on his left knee.

It will be crucial to see what type of surgery Williams III undergoes on his right knee. Hopefully, the Louisiana native doesn’t have to undergo serious surgery. Williams III is one of the best defenders in the NBA. The Texas A&M product made the 2021-22 All-Defensive Second Team with the Celtics.

NBA NEWS & RUMORS: Robert Williams III, Portland Trail Blazers Updates

The Blazers, who are in rebuild mode after trading Damian Lillard to the Milwaukee Bucks, are 3-4 through seven games. Their three-game winning streak was snapped by the Memphis Grizzlies on November 5.

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