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Power forward Robert Williams was projected to be a lottery pick – and that was last year Michael Schofield Jersey , after his freshman year at Texas A&M.

But there he was, sliding down to the Boston Celtics at the 27th pick in the NBA draft Thursday night.

”It’s not my job to know what the other 26 teams are thinking,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said after adding the two-time Southeastern Conference defensive player of the year. ”We thought that he was the right pick for us, and we felt very fortunate to be able to get him.”

A 6-foot-10, 237-pound Oil City, Louisiana, native, Williams was considered a certain first-round pick as a freshman – maybe in the top 10.

But he decided he wasn’t ready. He returned and averaged 10.4 points and an SEC-leading 9.2 rebounds while leading the Aggies to the NCAA tournament’s Sweet 16.

”He’s a rim-protector and a rebounder, and he can play above the rim on both ends of the court,” Celtics general manager Danny Ainge said. ”We don’t have much of that.”

Williams, 20, still has some work to do- especially on offense, Ainge conceded.

”He’s still young,” Ainge said. ”He brings an upside. There’s still parts of his game that are untapped. But rim-protection and rebounding, we know that.”

Stevens said current Celtics big men Al Horford and Gordon Hayward will be a big help in getting Williams ready. ”He won’t have any better role models than the guys in front of him,” the coach said.

The Celtics followed an appearance in the 2017 Eastern Conference finals with an offseason overhaul that brought in Hayward and Kyrie Irving. Despite losing both of them to injuries during the season Tyrell Williams Jersey , they returned to the league’s final four thanks in part to Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum, back-to-back No. 3 picks in the previous two years.

But after stockpiling eight first-round picks in the previous four drafts, including three lottery picks, the Celtics were left with just their own first-rounder this year and no picks in the second. They could have up to four first-rounders next year.

Ainge said he looked into moving up to the top of the draft.

”We spent the last couple of weeks figuring out what the cost was. We knew that was very, very unlikely,” he said.

Acquiring a second-round pick didn’t interest him all that much.

”We don’t need more young players really,” he said. ”We feel good about adding one that does something that we don’t have.”

Speaking at the team’s brand new practice facility, the Auerbach Center, Stevens said Williams was a good athlete with good feet and an arm-span of 7-feet, 5-inches. Williams blocked 155 shots in college – third in Texas A&M history, with 78 as a sophomore that were the second-most in a single season for an Aggie.

”Right now he is an elite athlete, with incredible length,” Stevens said. ”And he plays well above the rim. Obviously, if you can have four shooters in the game and a guy like that rolling to the rim, you can just throw it into the air and he can go get it.”

Because Williams was expected to go higher in the draft, the Celtics did not have a workout for him in Boston. Stevens said having a prospect visit is ”just a formality in a lot of ways” for Ainge and his staff.

”They’ve already watched them pay live a bunch Trevor Williams Jersey , spent time with their coaches and everybody else,” Stevens said. ”But I don’t think you need to watch must to tell how athletic he is. It’s pretty obvious.”

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — On a sweltering late-summer afternoon, more than 6,000 fans trekked north on Interstate 29 to see the Kansas City Chiefs participate in a training-camp practice at Missouri Western State University.

More specifically, to see Patrick Mahomes II participate in practice.

The Chiefs’ first-round pick in last year’s draft, Mahomes is poised to begin his NFL quarterback career in earnest after the offseason trade of Alex Smith to Washington. He’s the best hope of Chiefs fans for a homegrown star at the game’s most important position since Todd Blackledge failed to live up to similarly massive expectations in the early 1980s.

Mahomes carries the weight of an organization that hasn’t made the Super Bowl since 1970 on his strong right arm.

It’s an enormous amount of pressure on a quarterback with one career start.

“I mean, I definitely have a bigger voice just being in the starting quarterback role,” Mahomes said, “but there are so many leaders on this team. There are so many leaders and so many guys that have stepped up. When you have a team of leaders, those are the teams that have success.”

The Chiefs had plenty of success under Smith, at least in the regular season, including back-to-back AFC West titles for the first time in franchise history. But playoff success was maddeningly elusive, and it will be that barometer against which Mahomes is measured.

Make the playoffs? That’s the bare-bones expectations this season.

“There are high expectations,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said, “but the important thing is that there are high expectations within the building and within the team.

“They demand that of themselves Mike Williams Jersey ,” Reid continued, “and you felt that in OTAs and I expect that to continue. I expect guys to challenge each other. That’s the way you get better, and we have great competition that we’re going to play this year, starting with the Chargers. You get yourself ready to go and take that upon yourself as an individual. Let’s start there.”

As the Chiefs begin turning their attention toward their opener Sept. 9 in San Diego, here are some of the keys to keeping that division title streak intact:

GETTING DEFENSIVE: The Chiefs were 28th in total defense last season, and must replace playmaking cornerback Marcus Peters and erstwhile stars Derrick Johnson and Tamba Hali. New cornerback Kendall Fuller was impressive in camp, but free-agent signings David Amerson and Orlando Scandrick need to provide some depth at the Chiefs’ most suspect position.

WHAT A RUSH: The defense would be buoyed by an improved pass rush; the Chiefs managed just 31 sacks last season. Justin Houston has struggled to validate his $101 million, six-year deal, and former first-round pick Dee Ford has been hampered by injuries. Both need to live up to expectations.

“Would you love to have a million sacks? Yeah, I would love that,” defensive coordinator Bob Sutton said, “but the biggest thing to use is always affecting the quarterback. That is the key deal.”

HAPPY HUNT-ING: Kareem Hunt was one of the NFL’s breakout stars last season, when the third-round pick out of Toledo had a league-leading 1,327 yards rushing. Hunt comes into the season firmly entrenched as the team’s No. 1 running back, and his ability to run behind a veteran offensive line will be crucial to taking some of the pressure off Mahomes and the passing game.

“To me, it’s the same thing. I’m going to come out there and play football. Just do my job Michael Pierce Jersey ,” Hunt said.

ANOTHER NEW OC: The Chiefs are on their third offensive coordinator in five years after losing Doug Pederson to the Eagles, where he won the Super Bowl, and Matt Nagy to the Bears. The new man on the job is Eric Bieniemy, who was promoted from running backs coach and should provide some continuity.

SCHEDULE SITUATION: The first six weeks of the season should tell whether the Chiefs are legitimate contenders. Four games are on the road, including trips to the Chargers and Steelers the first two weeks, and trips to Denver and New England. Home games in that stretch are against San Francisco and Jacksonville.

“I find it interesting that everyone always talks about, ‘Oh, we have a really hard beginning.’ These are all tough games,” general manager Brett Veach said. “It doesn’t matter who you open up with, who you end with. You never know who is going to get hurt and how this is going to play out. I know in this league, and coach mentions it every week, you win a game in this league, it doesn’t matter who you are playing or when you are playing, it is tough. I think the schedule all looks tough.”

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