NBA Draft 2011: Rating Every Aspect of Derrick Williams Game 2K11 Style
Depending on who lands the top overall pick in the lottery, Arizona's Derrick Williams may be the first player taken in the 2011 NBA Draft.
As a sophomore, he was clearly one of the best basketball players in the NCAA this year.
He led the Wildcats to an impressive record of 30-8 while averaging 19.5 points and 8.3 rebounds per game.
He also posted impressive shooting percentages with 60 percent from the field and 57 percent from three-point range.
Whatever team ends up with Williams may very well have this year's most NBA-ready prospect.
This article will examine every aspect of Derrick's game. I'm going to give him a score that can range from 25-100 on each of the attributes players have in the popular basketball simulation, NBA 2K11...
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Dominant Hand: Right
Position: Small Forward
Play Style: Scoring
Secondary Position: Power Forward
Weight: 241 lbs
Much like Michael Beasley a few years ago, there will be questions about Williams' size and position as we approach the draft.
He's listed at 6'8", but some feel that may be a bit of a stretch.
Despite spending a lot of time around the basket in college, he's shown a perimeter game and will probably be best suited to play small forward at the next level.
Shot Inside: 84
All year long, Williams has displayed the ability to finish strong around the rim. He can hit shots from a variety of angles and while absorbing contact from defenders.
Shot Close: 82
This refers to shots in about a 5-10 foot range. He can certainly hit these consistently as well. He'll be able to face-up and beat a lot of defenders off the block in the NBA with this shot.
Shot Medium: 73
Next up is the 10-20 foot jump shots. While Williams was fairly consistent in this department, he'll now have to face defenders with at least as much length and athleticism as him.
Shot 3PT: 74
He shot an astronomical 57 percent from three-point range this year, but that had a lot to do with shot selection.
With the deeper three-point line, and longer defenders, Williams probably won't shoot a ton of threes in his first couple years in the league.
I wouldn't be surprised to see him develop into a solid long-range shooter at this level though.
Shot Low Post: 82
He has a decent repertoire of post moves and can score out of the back-to-basket position.
Free Throw: 75
This skill will probably translate directly over to the NBA with little change. He shot 75 percent from the line this year, and will probably be in the 70-80 range as a rookie next season.
Williams is known more for his rim-rattling dunks, but when defenders do stop him before getting above the rim, he can finish with solid layups as well.
He's not going to come in and throw down 214 times in his rookie season a la Blake Griffin, but we should see Derrick Williams throw down plenty next year.
Standing Dunk: 80
One of his best physical attributes is his quick explosiveness. He's got a great standing vertical and a fantastic second jump.
Shoot Off Dribble: 57
Williams needs to put in a decent amount of work on ball skills like this one. There will be a bit of a learning curve as he transitions from power forward to small forward.
Shoot in Traffic: 72
This past season, he showed the ability to finish in traffic and hit jump shots with a hand in his face.
Ball Handle: 62
Like I've already said, Williams has a solid perimeter game, but he needs to develop it quite a bit to be an effective NBA wing. Improving his ball handling will be crucial.
Off Hand Dribbling: 58
The ability to go both directions with the handle is an important aspect of an elite scorer's game.
Ball Security: 52
Despite playing power forward, Williams led Arizona in turnovers by a healthy margin this year. He'll need to figure out how to take better care of the ball.
He was sixth on his team in assists at 1.1 a game. Williams has a scorer's mentality, but learning how to distribute the ball a little bit will add a dimension to his game that will make him a harder cover.
He showed great hands at Arizona this year. Whatever NBA point guard he plays with next year will enjoy passing the ball to Williams.
Williams is athletic and fairly long, and led his team in blocks this past year. However, an average of 0.7 blocks a game in college probably means he'll never be a great shot blocker in the NBA.
He averaged one steal a game this past season, but he'll have a harder time pilfering the ball from NBA players.
On Ball Defense: 54
At least as a rookie, Williams could have a very difficult time covering small forwards at the next level. He certainly has time to grow into a better defender.
Offense Rebound: 65
Williams was pretty strong on the offensive glass in college. Like every other skill, things will be different at the next level. He should still be able to grab one or two a game.
Defense Rebound: 70
He averaged 5.5 defensive rebounds a game this past year, and that number is likely to go down during his rookie year.
Offense Low Post: 68
Williams showed a solid low-post game at Arizona, but likely won't be spending as much time working on that as he will on his perimeter game. He should be able to exploit smaller wing defenders at times.
Defense Low Post: 57
If he gets matched up with some of the NBA's elite power forwards on the block, he'll probably get torched.
Offense Awareness: 58
Over the next few years, as Williams learns the NBA game, his awareness will improve.
Defense Awareness: 53
He'll probably get caught looking lost a few times as a rookie, but he has a great attitude and he'll start getting used to things during his first year.
Offense Clutch: 35
Williams made some big shots in college, but to be called clutch in the NBA--you have to earn it.
Defense Clutch: 25
He came up with a nice game-winning block in a game earlier this year, but that doesn't make him "NBA-clutch"--at least not yet.
This is a great attribute for Williams. His fantastic shooting percentages reflect his consistency and smart shot selection.
His consistency will take a bit of a dip at the next level, but he'll still be solid in that regard.
He probably won't be called on to play a ton of minutes in his first year, but he'll probably be up to NBA-caliber conditioning in no time.
He won't be as fast as a lot of other wings in the NBA, but may be able to make up for that with strength and intelligence.
Williams has a solid first-step and is generally pretty quick for a man his size.
Initially, he won't be as strong as a lot of NBA power forwards, but he should be able to overpower a lot of wings.
Williams has some pretty good bounce. He's no Justin Tucker, but he can throw down on anyone at the college level. His jumping will come in handy during his rookie year.
Williams has a great attitude, and plays every game with a ton of heart.
He's battled a few nagging injuries in college, but he should get some credit for playing through them.
Williams is far from a finished product right now. Not only is he one of the most NBA-ready prospects from this year's class, he also has the potential to get a lot better.
This refers to the way a player reacts to calls from the referees. A middle-of-the-road number like 50 indicates that he keeps a pretty level head.
With an overall rating this high, Williams could probably be at least a role player on any team in the NBA.
On a team like the Cleveland Cavaliers or Washington Wizards, he could be a very productive player.
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