Grant Williams

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  • Trailblazing NBA Player with the Boston Celtics
  • Vice President, National Basketball Players Association
  • Twice Back-to-Back SEC Player of the Year
  • Former Chess Champion



Professional basketball player Grant Williams is a leader on and off the court, as two-time back-to-back SEC Player of the Year and Vice President of the National Basketball Players Association. He is recognized by fans of his college team as the greatest player in their history, and has been called “a true student of life and basketball” by the Boston Globe. Known for his passion for strategic thinking, Williams is a former chess champion, outer space enthusiast, a math wiz, and a dedicated academic mentor, receiving the Bill Russell National Mentor of the Year Award. His passion for using his gifts in service of giving back to the community is central to his purpose, and he invigorates audiences with his sharp wit, personal story, and belief that your dreams should be central to your everyday life for maximum success.

 

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Trailblazing NBA Player Grant Williams is one to watch in the world of basketball, and a powerhouse personality in front of an audience. A relentless overachiever, Williams went from the title of chess champion to two-time SEC Player of the Year, and shares with eager audiences the strategy-based th ...

Trailblazing NBA Player Grant Williams is one to watch in the world of basketball, and a powerhouse personality in front of an audience. A relentless overachiever, Williams went from the title of chess champion to two-time SEC Player of the Year, and shares with eager audiences the strategy-based thinking he uses to dominate any problem – applicable on the court, in business, and in life – with planning, humor, and the mindset of a winner.

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<p>Forbes calls Celtics forward Grant Williams 'A High-Energy Renaissance Man'</p>

Forbes calls Celtics forward Grant Williams 'A High-Energy Renaissance Man'

Consider this quote from Forbes magazine about Celtics forward GRANT WILLIAMS: "Williams does have an amiable presence and the IQ he brings to the floor is evident off it. When he was playing at Providence Day High School in Charlotte, he was being recruited by both Harvard and Yale and could have gone to either. He ultimately went to Tennessee, taking up mechanical engineering as a major, keeping up with his mother, Teresa Johnson, who is an engineer at NASA."  He plays chess, piano and violin and since he is so respected by his fellow players, he was recently elected vice president of the NBA Players Association.  

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Grant Williams is a professional basketball player for the Boston Celtics who was drafted 22nd overall in the 2019 NBA Draft. Prior to the NBA, Williams was an All-Southeastern Conference player as a Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior at the University of Tennessee. He was awarded back-to-back SEC Player of the Year honors, becoming the first player to do so since Corliss Williamson in 1995. He led Tennessee to a #3-seed in the 2018 NCAA Tournament and #2-seed in the 2019 NCAA Tournament. He is recognized by most Volunteer fans as the greatest player in Tennessee history. In 2021, Williams was appointed VP of the NBPA and won the Bill Russell National Mentor of the Year Award. Grant mentors 6 young men in the Boston area and works directly with a program www.mentoring.org.

Yet, his basketball accomplishments make up only a fraction of who Williams is. Williams is a former chess champion, a math wiz, and a savant who downloads hundreds of game applications to his phone to pass the time. Grant majored in supply chain management with collateral marketing and graduated from Tennessee in just three years.

Grant has a deep love for outer space. His mother Teresa Johnson is an electrical engineer who’s been working for NASA for years. In addition, Grant is a fashion enthusiast and has his own line of merchandise that can be purchased on his website here. At only 22 years old, Grant is a rising star in the NBA and has a bright future ahead of him.