2011 NBA Mock Draft: Derrick Williams Destined to Be Compared to LeBron James?
Yeah, yeah—using LeBron James and Derrick Williams comparatively in the same sentence is completely outlandish, right?
But that’s the world of hyperbole and quickly-anointed saviors we live in. Especially if the Cleveland Cavaliers decide to nab the 6-foot-8, 240-pound Arizona product with the No. 1 pick of the NBA Draft.
Cavaliers fans will be quick to be on the lookout for a new fan favorite after LeBron James famously and publicly jilted Cleveland for South Beach.
Williams isn’t quite as physically imposing as James, nor is he as explosive. But the two have fairly similar body frames, can dribble, drive and shoot like a guard or post up down low.
The comparisons for Williams’ sake are unfortunate but nonetheless inevitable if the Cavaliers pick him at No. 1. But the way Williams took over for Arizona in the Sweet 16 against Duke was reminiscent of the way a young LeBron James punished the Detroit Pistons and scored 29 of the Cavaliers’ last 30 points in a Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals in 2007.
OK, not quite as dominating, but in a world where everyone is looking for the next Michael Jordan, the next Joe Montana, the next Tiger Woods, it’s unavoidable that pundits will start trying to draw comparisons between James and Williams.
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