Derrick Williams: Why the Former Arizona Star Will Shine in Minnesota

August 6th, 2011 by Josh VanKlompenburg Leave a reply »
With the second pick in the 2011 NBA draft, the Minnesota Timberwolves selected forward Derrick Williams out of the University of Arizona.

Confident, but not cocky, Williams went into the draft process believing he was the best prospect in the draft. "Yes, sir, I definitely am," Williams told reporters in an interview at this year's NBA Draft Combine.

Williams backs up his talk with a strong skill set that should easily translate to the NBA game. Measuring at 6'9", 248 pounds, he has the body of a power forward but has the ability to play small forward as well.

That positional flexibility will be a great asset for him in Minnesota, where he will be able to share the floor with the different types of forwards already on the Timberwolves' roster. These include Kevin Love, Anthony Randolph and Michael Beasley.

I have heard many people say that these four players are redundant, but I believe that their skill sets will work well together, and not overlap. Any three of them could play on the court at the same time. With Ricky Rubio at point guard and the right coach with the right system, Williams and the other forwards could flourish.

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