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NBA Draft: Wolves select Derrick Williams No. 2

Posted on: June 23, 2011 7:46 pm
Edited on: June 24, 2011 12:42 am

Posted by Royce Young

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After weeks of posturing and talking, the Minnesota Timberwolves ended up doing pretty much what we all expected them to do: They drafted Derrick Williams from Arizona.

(Now, before I really get into this, keep in mind the Wolves could very well trade Williams later. Maybe by the end of the night, maybe tomorrow. Just want to get that out there.)

I think everyone agrees that the second best player in this draft was Williams, with some even seeing him as maybe the best. So to take him second overall makes sense. What didn't make sense for the Wolves, and the reason they shopped the pick so hard, is how Williams fits within the already jumbled roster David Kahn has assembled. It makes sense to move Michael Beasley now and clear room for Williams to play. But if that doesn't happen, the Wolves rotation is a total mess of raw talent without any rhyme or reason.

Which is what makes the most sense. A core of Ricky Rubio, Kevin Love and Williams isn't a bad trio. Love and Williams are a bit similar and with Williams kind of being a tweener forward, there could be some awkwardness in the two fitting together, but you have to go with him here.

It still makes a lot of sense for the Wolves to move Williams if a deal comes along, but for now, the idea is for Kahn to clear out the clutter a bit and really let his core of young, talented players take over. That's how the Thunder built around Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and at the same, Jeff Green. Those guys had room to fail, then grow and most importantly, develop. Give Williams and company room to breathe and the Wolves might eventually start to make some progress.

In all honesty, Williams may have the most star power of any player in this draft. Love is a very good player -- an All-Star. But I'm not sure he's a true building block star that can carry you. Williams very well might be. He shot 57 percent from 3-point range last season, can play above the rim and score the ball. It's a question of his defense at the next level and a question of where he plays.

There was talk of Enes Kanter at No. 2 as well, but that would've been a copout "fit" pick. Not necessarily a bad selection, but when you're the Wolves, you can't afford to potentially miss out on a star player. Williams was the obvious choice, and the right one.

Now we've just got to see if they hang on to him.

Since: Feb 8, 2009
Posted on: June 24, 2011 2:04 am

NBA Draft: Wolves select Derrick Williams No. 2

IMO he's better than Irving. I don't think Irving is as good as Wall. Anyway The Wolves have a pretty good team with the addition of Rubio and Williams. Hopefully they can make it work with both Beasly and Willams. The team looks good on paper we'll see how it comes together next year. Again I think Williams is a better pick than Irving so good job Minnesota.

Since: Sep 15, 2008
Posted on: June 23, 2011 11:49 pm

NBA Draft: Wolves select Derrick Williams No. 2

Had to take Derrick Willams at No. 2. The question becomes now if you're Kahn, who do you move? I like Beasley, but he's probably too similar to Kevin Love to make it worthwhile. I would imagine, even after a season like he had that he would be the first person to be considered for a trade. I initially thought that the T'wolves would get a deal done to acquire a veteran, but looks like I, like the 6 other T'wolves fans, will have to wait for that. I really like Williams, but it will be another tough year to watch, because it will again be a really young team. Growing pains aretiugh for adiehardfan, but sometimes you have to go through the rebuilding process.

Since: Nov 14, 2008
Posted on: June 23, 2011 10:00 pm

NBA Draft: Wolves select Derrick Williams No. 2

Congrats to D-Will on his big payday. He deserves it. We will miss him at U of A. I feel kind of bad he's going to the cess pool that is Minnesota T-Wolve basketball, but it could be worse. I think.

Since: Jul 17, 2008
Posted on: June 23, 2011 9:18 pm

NBA Draft: Wolves select Derrick Williams No. 2

Best player in the draft. Hope they hold onto him. As for Rubio...dont think he is NBA ready. Stilll need another another guard shooter in the draft. Kahn dont trade for anybody!

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