The Minnesota Timberwolves are ready to part ways with their first pick from the 2011 draft, and several teams would be wise to take a chance on the underachieving forward.
Hoopsworld.com’s Steve Kyler reported the following about the Timberwolves' plans for Williams:
To say Derrick Williams has not lived up to his hype as the second overall pick is something of an understatement, and sources say if he could return a serious veteran player then the Wolves would move him.
Williams averaged 8.8 points and 4.7 rebounds in his rookie year. He has shown marginal improvement this season, and has put up 10.3 points and 5.1 rebounds in Minnesota’s first 10 games.
He is a talented player who can score both in the post and on the perimeter and certainly has a chance to improve as his career continues. Here are the teams that would benefit from taking a chance on him.
The Bobcats have plenty of depth in the backcourt, but lack depth among their forwards.
With players like Brendan Haywood, Byron Mullens, Bismack Biyombo and Tyrus Thomas in the rotation, the team has a mixture of veterans and young talent. But none of their players have the ability to score like Williams.
Adding him would give Charlotte versatility in the frontcourt, which it currently does not have.
The Bobcats have a young roster and little to lose, and taking a risk on a player with Williams’ potential would be a smart move.
After trading away Andrew Bogut for Monta Ellis last season, the team lacks scoring form its big men.
Among Milwaukee’s power forwards and centers, Larry Sanders has been the most productive offensively with just 8.1 points per game.
Williams has the ability to be an excellent running partner for Ellis and Brandon Jennings in the Bucks’ transition offense.
These guards are the core the team and are still young. This would give Williams time to grow and develop with these players and form a productive scoring trio a few years down the road.
Which team would benefit most from trading for Derrick Williams?
After failing to sign another star in free agency this summer, the Mavericks had to scramble to piece together a roster.
Elton Brand has been tasked with providing points from the 4 spot in the second unit. He has been averaging just 5.5 points per game, and surely Williams can be more productive than that.
The Mavericks need young players to help transition the team into a new era, and this is the perfect time for the franchise to take a chance on a talent like Williams.
There is no guarantee that Williams will continue to improve, but he has the potential to be a potent offensive threat in the right situation, and all of these teams are in a position where they need to make bold decisions to improve their franchise.