How Derrick Williams Can Evolve His Game for Minnesota Timberwolves

August 30th, 2013 by Dan Favale Leave a reply »

Derrick Williams is a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves, in case you've forgotten. Flip Saunders wants you to know that.

"I think he's the one guy that everyone's kind of forgot about and they don't talk much about," he told the Timberwolves' play-by-play voice, Alan Horton.

Saunders has a point. For awhile it didn't seem like Williams would be a part of the team's future. Prior to David Kahn's exodus, he was more known for his trade-rumor cameos than he was his play on the court.

Even now, with the Timberwolves angling for a playoff berth, there's no guarantee he lives up to his No. 2 pick status in time to make the impact they're looking for.

The 10.5 points and 5.1 rebounds per game he's averaged the last two seasons aren't indicative of a draft bust, but they do leave much to be desired. Next year is then huge for him, as it marks a turning point in his career one way or the other.

"This is a big proving year for him, to get out and really do some things." Saunders said. "But I believe he's going to show that he can play a couple of different positions."

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