Peanut Butter-And-Jelly Having NBA Success

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    It’s been a few years since former Tennessee stars Grant Williams and Admiral Schofield were playing on the same court and going by “peanut butter-and-jelly.”

    However, both players were on the court at the same time in the Celtics’ overtime win over Orlando Sunday night. Williams — who’s in his third year with Boston — scored five points and grabbed six rebounds in the win while Schofield grabbed a rebound in 18 minutes of action for the Magic.

    With former Vol Josh Richardson also on the Celtics, three former Tennessee players were on the court at the same time in the game.

    Williams — the two-time SEC Player of the Year — has earned a consistent role in the NBA and is the Vice President of the NBPA.

    The undersized power forward has impressed in his third season, increasing his points, rebounds and blocks per game. However, the most notable difference is Williams’ three-point shooting.

    Williams is fifth in the NBA with a 44.1 three-point percentage and has made 49 triples already this season— more than he made either of the last two seasons. Averaging 7.8 points and 3.6 rebounds per game, the Celtics have picked up the former Tennessee star’s fourth year option.

    Schofield — a former second round pick — played in 33 games for the Wizards in the 2019-20 season before bouncing around the G-League a year ago. The small forward made Orlando’s preseason roster this season and averaged 14.2 points and 7.1 rebounds in 12 games with the G-League’s Lakeland Magic earlier this season.

    Due to the increasing COVID-19 cases across the league, Orlando called Schofield up to its active roster and the Illinois native has gotten another chance in the NBA.

    Schofield is averaging 4.9 points and three rebounds in his eight games with Orlando. The former All-SEC selection is shooting 63% from the field and 39% from three-point range. The wing played particularly well in Orlando’s back-to-back matchups with Atlanta and New Orleans in December, scoring eight points in each game while shooting a combined six-of-six from the field.

    Ryan Schumpert is a senior at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since the moment he stepped on campus. He just completed a three-year stint with the Daily Beacon, the last two of which as the Sports Editor. Ryan also spent last three years at Volquest providing strong Tennessee baseball coverage of Tony Vitello's resurgent program. While the bulk of Ryan's responsibilities involved beat coverage and writing, he also recorded podcasts for both the Beacon and Volquest. Did we leave out the part about Ryan interning for the Smokies? Ryan's work ethic, versatility, and strong writing skills are but three of the reasons why Vol Nation will be hearing from Ryan for years to come.