2011 NBA Mock Draft: How Good Would Derrick Williams Look Next to Kevin Love?
In the 2011 NBA Draft, many players have used the 2011 NCAA Tournament to help improve their draft status. Some players will ride a deep tournament run right into the draft, and Derrick Williams of Arizona is one of those players.
Williams saw his draft stock rise with each passing game. He developed into one of the most impressive players in the country as the season progressed, and he could be a top pick if he decides to come out after his sophomore season and declare for the 2011 NBA Draft.
Although they could use some improvement at the guard position, drafting Williams would be so tempting for the Minnesota Timberwolves that it would be almost impossible to pass him up, unless Kyrie Irving of Duke was still on the board when they pick.
But if the Wolves did take Williams, it would give them one of the most impressive frontcourts in the entire league. He would fit very well with Kevin Love and Michael Beasley.
That would be a scary trio to have to try and defend or to go up against defensively.
Chad Ford of ESPN says that "Derrick Williams has been steadily rising in our rankings all year. He began the season ranked No. 26 on our Big Board. In late December he cracked the lottery. In January we moved him into our Top 10 and in February we moved him all the way to No. 4 on our Big Board and we raised the possibility of Williams being the No. 1 pick in the draft."
Some may criticize that Williams did not play against some of the toughest defenders in the country during a weak Pac-10 season, but he proved in the 2011 NCAA Tournament that he can play against the best. It may take him a year or two to polish some of his skills, but there is very little reason to believe why he could not dominate at the next level as well.
Williams is just two seasons removed from high school, so it may be good for him to return to school for one more year. But it will not likely improve his draft stock all that much, because it is almost as high as it can go right now. He may get better after one more year in college, but he won't get selected much higher.
That is what leads me to think that he will throw his name into this year's draft pool.
For more on the draft and some possible first round selections, make sure to check out Bleacher Report Cavaliers Featured Columnist Jesse Dorsey, who previews the NBA Draft 2011: Has Jimmer Fredette Worked His Way Into the Top 10?
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