Derrick Williams Gives Clippers a Taste of Their Own Medicine

Sean HojnackiFeatured ColumnistNovember 30, 2013

Derrick Williams was flying high on Friday night.
Derrick Williams was flying high on Friday night.Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Derrick Williams used to wear No. 7 with the Minnesota Timberwolves, but he's joined the Sacramento Kings and now wears lucky No. 13.

The switch proved fortuitous. Williams made a huge impression by dunking all over Lob City and the L.A. Clippers in his new uniform. 

Late in the fourth quarter, Williams and Greivis Vasquez, last year's NBA leader in total assists, hooked up on a beautiful alley-oop. Williams skied for the lob and threw down a ferocious hammer as Blake Griffin helplessly flailed by a moment too late. 

It caused Kings announcer Grant Napear to exclaim, "Oh my goodness gracious! If you don't like that, you don't like NBA basketball!" I would actually expect that Clippers fans did not like that dunk very much at all. And Clippers coach Doc Rivers seemed pretty irate about it too. 

It didn't really matter, because they waved the basket off for a Jared Dudley foul on the floor. Forget about it. Highlight negated. 

But then Williams did it again! He played give-and-go with DeMarcus Cousins on the inbounds pass and burned Dudley once more. This one didn't posterize Griffin, but it left Lob City stinging a bit.

The Clippers got the last laugh, as they won 104-98 in overtime, but they got a lot more than they bargained for from the Kings.

Williams played 32 minutes and scored 12 points with six boards and four dimes, but his slams have put him on the map after just one game in Sacramento.