Improving on the defensive end of the floor is a priority for the Nuggets this offseason. In the last four years, they’ve never finished better than 24th in defensive efficiency. They’re hoping to snap a five-season playoff drought by going from sieves to serviceable. On Wednesday, Denver got an up-close look at a player who could conceivably help them do that: Texas A&M’s Robert Williams.

The 6-foot-10, 241-pound big man was a shot-blocking machine in two seasons with the Aggies. He swatted 2.5 shots per game as a freshman and 2.6 per game as a sophomore. Williams was named Co-SEC Defensive Player of the Year in 2018 after winning the award outright as a freshman.

“It’s just something I take pride in,” said Williams, who Denver hosted for a solo workout. “I love defense first. I love blocking shots. I love rebounding. I feel like that’s my job.”

Williams’s 7-foot-5 wingspan and 40-inch vertical make him an intimidating presence inside. He sends shots back to earth so hard sometimes you think the basketball might dent the hardwood.

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Christian Clark is an Arlington, Texas, native who covers the Denver Nuggets for BSN Denver. Education: I graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism in December 2014 with an emphasis in print and digital news. Career: My work has been featured in the Fort Worth-Star Telegram, The Oklahoman and Columbia Missourian, and online at TexasFootball.com and Denverite.com. I came aboard at BSN Denver in November. Most memorable sports moment: Game 2 of the 2011 NBA Finals. The finest sports book I’ve ever read: Friday Night Lights by Buzz Bissinger. One sports movie I can’t live without: Tin Cup, do not @ me Most memorable experience as a reporter: Covering the Missouri football team’s boycott in 2015. It led to University of Missouri system president Tim Wolfe’s resignation and had so many other ripple effects. The sport that started it all: Basketball. My sports-watching memories kick in with those early-2000s Dallas Mavericks teams. They had bad hair and scored a lot of points. Shout-out to Nellie Ball.