A little more than a year ago, Derrick Williams was being considered as a possible No. 1 pick in the 2011 draft. Some pundits wondered if the Cleveland Cavaliers would be better off picking Williams with the first pick and then grabbing a point guard with their next selection, No. 4 overall. The forward out of the University of Arizona had just electrified collegiate basketball with gravity-shattering dunks and deadeye shooting from beyond the 3-point arc. He seemed like a prospect who couldn't miss in many respect. Fast-forward to the 2012 Las Vegas Summer League, and Williams is still trying to find a role that will help him stick with the Minnesota Timberwolves' organization. After a disappointing rookie season in which the Wolves forward took a back seat to No. 1 pick Kyrie Irving, and even his own rookie teammate, Ricky Rubio, Williams' future with the team became somewhat murky considering he plays the same position as the team's franchise player. It seems the natural fit for him would be to slide into the small forward position next to Kevin Love. With his slimmed-down frame (from 248 to 233 pounds, he said) and a reconstructed septum, his quickness should be up and his fatigue should be down. With the Wolves mere hours away from finding out if Williams will be competing with restricted free agent Nicolas Batum for minutes on the wing, summer ball is a perfect jumping-off point for Williams.
Williams Still Trying To Find His Place
ESPN | Jul 18