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2011 NBA Draft Results: How Derrick Williams Fits in with the Timberwolves

Dave MorrisonSenior Writer IJune 24, 2011

2011 NBA Draft Results: How Derrick Williams Fits in with the Timberwolves

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    Sacramento Kings' Derrick Williams (13) and Dallas Mavericks' Devin Harris, right, watch as the Kings' Rudy Gay (8) breaks to the basket for a shot in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, March 29, 2014, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
    Tony Gutierrez

    The Minnesota Timberwolves selected Derrick Williams, the Arizona forward, with the second overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft.  

    Minnesota is already packed at the forward spot with Kevin Love and Michael Beasley, but the addition of Williams brings in an explosive scorer and athlete to the mix.  

    While Williams has star potential, he will have to learn on the fly while battling for playing time. The logjam at the forward spots is going to create a challenge for the Wolves next head coach, who at this time has yet to be named.  

    Not to mention, Minnesota is already a young team and is in need of some veteran leadership.  

    All reports at this time are that Minnesota plans on keeping Williams.

    Sounds like this will be a challenging rookie season for Williams, but T-Wolves fans should be excited for this new collection of young talent.  

    Let's take a closer look. 

What Williams Brings to the Table

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    Derrick Williams, simply put, is a beast. 

    Standing at 6'9" with a wing span that is actually longer than Blake Griffin's, Williams has all the necessary physical tools to make an impact at the next level.

    The fact that Derrick shoots the ball at an extremely high percentage and is not afraid to bang down low makes him a match-up nightmare. His handles need work, but he has the ability to blow by a slower defender on the perimeter and post up any smaller, quicker defenders.

    Williams will be able to score in the NBA in bunches. His rebounding and concentration on defense will need to improve, but he has the drive and work ethic to become a solid defender as well. 

    The T-Wolves could use his scoring and big play-making ability to compete for a playoff spot in the Western Conference. 

What the Wolves Are Working with

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    The Timberwolves will be getting two first round rookies joining their squad this year with Derrick Williams and the Wolves 2009 first round pick, Ricky Rubio. 

    At the two spot they have the very young Wes Johnson, and then the forward log jam with All-Star Kevin Love, the talented but troubled Michael Beasley, and the frustrating Anthony Randolph. 

    Then in the middle, they have Darko. Yes, he is still in the league. Surprisingly Darko has turned into a solid stop gap center.

    At the time of this article, the Wolves have not selected a new head coach to replace Kurt Rambis, who the Wolves said would be fired after the draft. (By the way, isn't telling someone they will be fired, basically firing them?) 

    The starting line up next year should be, Rubio, Johnson, Williams, Love and Darko. 

    Beasley should come off the bench as his play really tailed off toward the end of last season. Ultimately the Wolves need to look forward and not back and move Beasly, but he is in Minnesota now and they, should use him in a Lamar Odom role, and have him lead the bench. 

    This would allow Rubio, Williams and Love to develop chemistry playing together and that is a great young core to build around. 

How Williams Works with Wolves

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    Williams likes to get buckets, Rubio loves to pass, and Kevin Love made an All-Star game because he is that good at rebounding. 

    Seems like a pretty great young core that won't crowd one another's styles. Love and Rubio can score in their own right and will help keep defenses honest. The one thing these three guys need is experience together.

    Wes Johnson is a good fit at the two and again, you have Darko at center. 

    If the Wolves can bring in a veteran two guard who is a defensive stopper, that could really speed up the learning curve.

    Williams is the future of this franchise and should be placed in the starting line up to get a feel for playing against top level talent.

    Randolph and Beasley coming off the bench would mean that the Wolves would have a potentially explosive bench. We've seen this when the Lakers moved Lamar to the bench, it's not a bad way to go.

    This line up would allow the Wolves to go small and play a front line of Williams, Love and Beasley with Johnson and Rubio in the backcourt. As you can imagine, it would be a run and gun system which would be perfect for Rubio's transition to the NBA game. 

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