2011 NBA Draft Results: Winners -- Minnesota Timberwolves and Derrick Williams
Kyrie Irving was the consensus No. 1 pick—no arguments there.
But despite the rumors that the Timberwovles would ship the No. 2 pick, Minnesota should still be ecstatic that it landed the freakishly talented Derrick Williams at No. 2.
Irving has tremendous potential, absolutely, but he’s so inexperienced he could also be a bust and the Cavaliers could experience yet another pie-in-face moment much like last summer’s public humiliation at the hands of native son LeBron James.
But in Williams, the Timberwolves get an above-the-rim talent that should excite a fanbase frustrated by years of obscurity. He’s a proven winner with, despite what some may say, a tremendous upside.
The T-Wolves also did well by flipping Donatas Montiejunas (No. 20) to the Houston Rockets for veteran big man Brad Miller and the No. 23 pick, which they used to grab another European prospect Nikola Mirotic, who won’t be able to even come to the NBA for four years, and a future first-rounder.
For once, Minnesota enjoyed a smart draft.
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