Timberwolves Video of the Week: Derrick Williams Drops 27 on LAC

Remember this? For Timberpups.com’s first “Timberwolves Video of the Week” I selected Derrick Williams February 28, 2012 performance against the Los Angeles Clippers. In the game, the Los Angeles native scored a career-high 27 points while missing only 1, yes, 1, shot. His stat line went as follows: 9-10 from the field, 4-4 from three-point range, 5-5 from the charity stripe, 5 rebounds while turning the ball over just once despite playing only 27 minutes. I like to look back to games like this one because many people, including myself, can forget just how amazing of a basketball player Williams could become. And on another note, D-Will also deserves praise for the way he has handled the constant trade rumors that have been surrounding him for his entire career. He also has put a ton of hard work into his body and his game this summer, and it appears obvious that he is much more suited to the rigors of the NBA from the site of his noticeably more chiseled body. It is clear that D-Will has the drive to become a great player, but it is his undefined skill set where uncertainty crowds his development as a player, and it could ultimately hinder him down the road. Will the former number 2 overall draft pick become the next Josh Smith type tweener forward, or will he wind up in Michael Beasley’s shoes? Only time will tell.

Comments

  1. John says

    I continue to go back and forth on DWill. I know he’s talented, but there might not be a worse team for him to be on. He’s a PF and no matter how much weight he drops, I don’t think he’ll be able to keep up with the better crop of SF’s in the league laterally.

    You can expect a few nights like the one he had vs. LAC, but I don’t think it is feasible for him to do that on this roster, or even get the opportunity to do that, unless we consistently play small for stages of a game with Love at the 5.

    That said, I don’t want to trade him for anything less than a high quality SG-SF in their rookie contract as well. I’m not suggesting any of these are feasible, but here’s a list of few guys that would definitely grab my attention: George (not happening whatsoever), Beal, Burks, and E. Turner. I could probably be talked into T. Evans or DeRozan.