2011 NBA Draft Analysis: Derrick Williams at No. 2 Makes No Sense for Minnesota
Derrick Williams at No. 2 makes us 0 for 2 for picks fitting their new teams
The Minnesota Timberwolves had no choice. They had to draft Derrick Williams even though they didn’t want to.
The former Arizona Wildcat forward joins a very crowded frontcourt made up of Kevin Love, Michael Beasley and Anthony Randolph.
The Wolves now add another forward, one who must get significant playing time to be justified as such a high pick, to an enigmatic pair that has underachieved at every stop.
General manager David Kahn gains possibly the best player in this draft, but doesn’t fill address any of his team’s needs. What has led Minnesota into the West’s basement two seasons running is the lack of a strong post player and a lack of outside shooting. The Wolves really needed an Enes Kanter-type big man or a knockdown shooting guard, but they were almost forced to take Williams because they couldn’t let him fall to third.
My guess is that, since Minnesota has three high-potential forwards, there will be a trade for a shooter or a serviceable big to pair with Kevin Love. There’s no way that Kahn can sit back with satisfaction after making this pick, because his roster is a slightly smaller mess than it was before today.
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