NBA Draft 2011: Derrick Williams Would Be Latest Kahn Mistake for Timberwolves

Joseph FafinskiCorrespondent IMay 21, 2011

Derrick Williams is one of the most sought after prospects in the 2011 NBA Draft

I've seen many mock drafts that have the Wolves selecting Williams with the second overall pick, and I just shake my head and wonder why as I proceed to heave my computer against my already-dented wall.

The 6'9" former Arizona Wildcat has tremendous potential to succeed in the Association, but is not ultimately fit to join Minnesota, who at the moment sport a crowded backcourt that features the likes of Kevin Love, Anthony Randolph and Michael Beasley.

Real Timberwolves fans and not the so-called "experts" can tell you exactly what they need to acquire—a real point guard and an upgrade at center.

Since when is a small forward needed? Last I checked, Michael Beasley averaged 19.2 points, 5.6 rebounds and shot 45 percent from the field during the 2010-11 season.

Since Kyrie Irving will likely become a Cleveland Cavalier, it leaves the door open to the Timberwolves and what they should do with their dilemma.

They might proceed in one of the following options:

  • Trade the second pick to another team. The Indiana Pacers are reportedly interested in Ricky Rubio and the T'Wolves' first pick and would be willing to give a star, Danny Granger, in return. The Wolves, who currently have a lot of cap room, would be more than willing to spot Granger the $12 million he is owed next season, and most likely sign him to an extension once his current contract is up in 2014. (For the record, I'm not in favor of this trade, as it also continues to crowd our frontcourt.)
  • Draft the pick in the normal process. Enes Kanter and Derrick Williams are undoubtedly the two most likely of the bunch to hear their named called by commissioner David Stern.
  • Trade up to get the number one overall pick to ensure the selection of potential franchise point guard Kyrie Irving.

I'm going to tell you right now why there would be something horrifically wrong with taking Williams in the draft.

For starters, he has basically the same mold as the aforementioned 6'10" Beasley, a big body who has no fear penetrating in the lane and no problem playing either forward position.

Another reason has to do with what we could get in return for the shipping of the second pick. I've seen rumors mentioning several important players like Granger and Andre Iguodala. Why would they take a guy we don't need when we have several options looming on the table?

Wolves' general manager David Kahn is the key to all this. He's made some obviously terrible choices in recent memory, most notably taking a trio of point guards in the first round of the 2009 draft, only to have the one he traded away, Ty Lawson, find the only success among the pack.

Kahn has since taken a multitude of criticisms from the basketball world, and basketball fans alike can acknowledge his incredibly persistent and ongoing stupidity.

Quite frankly, I'd rather take my 11-year-old Australian Shepherd over David Kahn as general manager right now. At least he's wise.

If Kahn wants to build up his reputation and keep his job in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, he needs to trade this pick.

There is no avoiding it, guys: The Wolves don't need Williams.

They have a plethora of promising players up front and we are in desperate need of a perimeter presence.

For the love of God and the sanity of the Wolves faithful fans (yes, they still exist), please trade this pick away, Mr. Kahn.


Or maybe don't; after all, your job depends on it.


Joseph Fafinski is currently a freshman at the University of Missouri. Originally from Chaska, Minn., Joseph is an NBA and Minnesota Timberwolves Featured Columnist and a frequent writer on all things NBA, NFL and MLB.

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