20 Under 25 results: Four Celtics make top 20


For the first time since 2019, the Boston Celtics won't have the No. 1 player on our 20 under 25 rankings.

Following two years at the top, Jayson Tatum has fallen to the No. 2 spot behind New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones. But it's still the fifth straight year Tatum has been in the top two; he was first in 2018, 2020 and 2021 and second (behind Boston Bruins wing David Pastrnak) in 2019.

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Despite being a .500 team, in essence, for the better part of a year now, the Celtics still had four players making this year's rankings. Here's who else made the cut for the Green:

2. Jayson Tatum, F

Previous ranking: 1 | FAN RATING: 93.1

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Tatum, still only 23, has regressed just a bit in his fifth pro season, averaging 25.6 points per game (down from 26.4 in 2020-21) and shooting 41.4% from the floor (down from 45.9) and 32.7% from 3-point range (down from 38.6). The good news? Again, Tatum is only 23, coming off back-to-back All-Star Game appearances. He's fully capable of shooting his way out of his current slump and getting back on track to becoming a top 10 talent in the NBA.

12. Robert Williams III, C

Previous ranking: 13 | FAN RATING: 79.9

USA Today

In a season full of ups and downs for the C's, the Time Lord is having his finest season as a pro. Williams, 24, is averaging career-bests nearly across the board at 9.1 points per game and 8.2 rebounds on 74.1% shooting. Williams is also playing more minutes per game than at any point in his career, 27.5, and has started all 20 games he's played in. So long as he keeps making the most of his playing time, the Time Lord can continue to state his case he's a part of the long-term solution for the Celtics.


16. Aaron Nesmith, G

Previous ranking: N/A | FAN RATING: 72.9

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Nesmith, who turned 22 in October, is averaging 3 points per game on 35.7% shooting in his second season after being drafted 14th overall out of South Carolina. As a rookie, Nesmith averaged 4.7 points per game on 43.8% shooting.

20. Grant Williams, F

Previous ranking: N/A | FAN RATING: 72.0

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Now in his third season, the undersized (6-foot-6) power forward is continuing to trend in the right direction for the Celtics. Williams, the 22nd pick in the 2019 draft out of Tennessee, is averaging a career-high 7.1 points per game on 50% shooting from the floor -- also a career-best. Williams is also coming along as a 3-point shooter, shooting a career-best 43.2% from deep.

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