Williams is the pick for the Wolves because David Kahn simply cannot draft yet another point guard in the first round. He just can’t. The basketball universe might implode if he does. Just thinking about it is making my head hurt.
Two years ago, Minnesota took three point guards in the first, and somehow only wound up with one of the worst players in the draft to show for it. Ricky Rubio is still in Spain, not exactly chomping at the bit to leave his home country for the warm, inviting glow of winters in Minnesota.
Ty Lawson is leading the resurgent Nuggets in the playoffs at this very moment.
And in Minnesota, Jonny Flynn is absolutely terrible.
So they can’t take another point guard. Doing so will pre-emptively damage Kyrie Irving’s career. He might never get the stink off.
In Williams, the Wolves would draft talent over need. They need a shooting guard, but in a draft without Harrison Barnes, there isn’t an elite one to be had.
Derrick Williams will provide a more athletic offensive rebounding/shot blocking presence to go along with Kevin Love’s below-the-rim game. His offensive game needs development, but so does much of the Wolves roster.
The best-case comparison for Williams is a slightly less athletic Josh Smith with a better jumper. He was a remarkably good shooter at Arizona, hitting almost 57% of his threes, and posting a True Shooting Percentage of 69%.
Williams showed in the NCAA Tournament that he could dominate physically and athletically. The question is whether he can do the same in the NBA, where every opponent is more physical and athletic, and creating shots for oneself is far more difficult.