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The former No. 2 pick out of Arizona two short seasons ago made huge improvements in his sophomore season.
D-Will started out in Rick Adelman's doghouse after failing to seize his opportunity in a starting role following Kevin Love's broken hand. As the season went on, Williams improved by leaps and bounds after the All-Star break.
His hesitant blocked layups from his rookie season turned into more powerful dunks. His inconsistent decisions in the mid-range game turned into confident 18-foot jumpers and malicious drives to the rim.
Could Saunders come to town and see D-Will as simply the team's biggest trade asset?
Moving up in the draft is something Saunders did not sneeze at, and there are teams looking to trade down. Even Cleveland.
Williams averaged 15 points per game after the All-Star break while still receiving under 30 minutes a night. He has proven that when given big minutes, he provides big numbers.
Still only 21, the franchise must determine if Williams has shown enough in terms of his weight loss, work ethic and overall improvement to warrant a spot as either the starting small forward or sixth man.
There is no question Adelman has been tough on him. He has answered the bell and earned his role on this team. If Saunders looks to trade him he will get plenty in return, but as the only member of this team who has stayed healthy the last two seasons, that is not a risk they can afford to take.
Williams already means more to this team than they realize.
Answer: Williams stays put; puts up more highlight plays just like this.