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MambaJoe is offline Old 11-17-2012, 12:59 AM   #1
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HANG TIME, Texas ó As the cold nights and the injuries pile up in Minneapolis, so should the opportunities for those still upright and healthy in the Timberwolves lineup. So what should we make of Derrick Williams, the No. 2 pick in the 2011? After doing little to distinguish himself as a rookie, Williams has shown few signs of getting better.

Much credit has been given to the always-resourceful coach Rick Adelman for keeping his team moving forward without the infirmed Ricky Rubio, Kevin Love, Brandon Roy and now Chase Budinger. However, the Wolves 5-3 record is even more impressive when you consider how little heís getting out of a gem prospect like Williams who has turned into cubic zirconia in barely a year.

Last season, he at least had the post-lockout excuses of no real training camp and a condensed schedule to blame. None of that applies this time around and, if anything, the opportunities to prove himself have only grown in the face of so many injuries. But according to our man Jim Souhan of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Williams shows no inclination of rising to the occasion and pitching in:

The Wolvesí most gifted healthy player isnít playing long enough or hard enough to justify the second pick in the 2011 draft, isnít playing long or hard enough to justify his place on a team that desperately needs him right now, and he doesnít seem to understand that if he canít help right now he might not be asked to help much later. The Wolves have four players on the All-Star ballot. Three are injured. Two havenít played at all this season. Six of their seven top players were out Wednesday. Their best healthy player, Kirilenko, is surviving with brains and elbows, surviving by reminding his teammates that 95 percent of the game is played below the rim and between the ears. Thursday, the day after Williams faded, the Wolves signed small forward Josh Howard as a (luke)warm body to help spell Kirilenko. Williams should be embarrassed. Apparently, he is not. ďI think we all struggled,Ē he said, referring to all of the Wolves who had shots blocked. Asked about his progress, he said: ďIím feeling a lot better. Iím not worried about misses and makes like that. If you play the game going off misses and makes itís going to be a long season.Ē

Williamsí 8.8 point per game scoring average is identical to last season, while his field goal percentage has dropped from a poor 41.2 to an abysmal 32.4. He has the athleticism and the skills to get to the rim, but canít finish. He has scored in double figures only three times thus far and shot just 9-for-33 in his last three games.

He watches veterans like Andrei Kirilenko throw his body all over the floor at both ends and does not join him. At a time when Williamsí hustle and attitude should be forcing Adelman to give him more playing time, he still spends more than half of every game on the bench. Rubio, Love, Roy, Budinger. Itís an injured list that almost hurts just to read.

Ndudi Ebi, Rashad McCants, Jonny Flynn, Wesley Johnson. Itís a list of washout first-round draft picks by the Timberwolves that is painful in a different way and that Williams keeps inching closer to joining.
To me, I think Derrick Williams is a bust. Reminds me of another Michael Beasley 2.0. One thing I really don't understand is that since Kevin Durant at the 2nd overall pick since 2007, Michael Beasley (2008) Hasheem Thabeet (2009) Evan Turner (2010) Derrick Williams (2011), are all considered Bust. Even though it may be a little early but I don't see either Evan Turner, Beasley or Williams able to turn it around and be all star caliber players. Aside of Thabeet, all of those players at best are just NBA starting caliber players.

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I don't think you can call some of them complete busts when some of them are performing fairly well just not on an all star level

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Too early to say bust, mainly because he's only 21. Lots of guys are still in college at that age who wind up being good players. Does it look unlikely he will live up to his draft slot, yes. Can he still become a good player? Absolutely.
 
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My theory of bust means that those guys being able to live up to their expectations. Being the 2nd overall pick is big with tons of expectations to be a franchise changer. Thabeet is a bust. Michael Beasley has bounced around different teams. Evan Turner is decent but not an all star caliber player, and so far, Derrick Williams have tons of upside and talent but not taking full advantage of it. There's a reason why he's not getting big minutes while half his team is on the injured list.

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Not even Ricky Rubio can make this guy look good.

He's looking bust-ish, but not quite there yet.
 
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Comparing him to Beasley is an insult to Beasley. Ouch!

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Kahn does it again. Flynn, Wes Johnson and now Derrick Williams. Whos next?
 
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Evan Turner is actually playing very well for the 76ers this year. He had to play behind Iggy and also competed for 6th man minutes with Lou Williams. I would not be surprised at all if Turner came into his own this year.
 
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Change of scenery would be best. Dude is only 21 and has more potential than anyone on this rockets team aside from Harden. Oh, and he just had 23pts 7reb and 4blks last night.

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I don't really consider him a bust but that's mostly because I never thought he would be a top tier player, and i say this as a big fan of his in college. That being said, he hasn't played as well as I thought he would. I considered him a to be an 18 and 8type guy
 
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Funny. He published that article right before one of Williams' best games of his career.

I think it's too early too tell, btw.
He looked very well next to a real point guard, and has looked much worse ever since Rubio got injured.
He seems a bit better this year than late last year, but it's still incomparable to how he was next to Rubio.

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****ING BUST! I took him around the middle of the draft thinking he would step up with Love out and he didn't do ****! Dropped niagga!
 
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My theory of bust means that those guys being able to live up to their expectations. Being the 2nd overall pick is big with tons of expectations to be a franchise changer. Thabeet is a bust. Michael Beasley has bounced around different teams. Evan Turner is decent but not an all star caliber player, and so far, Derrick Williams have tons of upside and talent but not taking full advantage of it. There's a reason why he's not getting big minutes while half his team is on the injured list.
These guys have fulfilled expectations. They have played like No. 2s.

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Well thats why they traded their 18th pick to us because Adelman had no confidence in Kahn picking a player of his own haha
 
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Maybe Morey will hang back and wait for his value to drop and take a chance on him like he did with the '09ers.
 
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Minny has a chance to trade D Will for Batum refused to give up on Williams, I think he will be a solid player.
 
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Has he even had his fair share of playing time?

It's not very fair to label someone a "bust" when he doesn't get the opportunities to prove himself

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I thought he would be Antawn Jamison at worst, a max player. I'm disappointed that he hasn't had any impact, but I don't consider him a bust yet. Just look at Marcus Morris for knee jerk bust reactions.
 
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It is almost like the NBA could have taken away every first round pick the Twolves had for 20 years for the Joe Smith scandal and it would have barely mattered.

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It is almost like the NBA could have taken away every first round pick the Twolves had for 20 years for the Joe Smith scandal and it would have barely mattered.
Love and Rubio are the only two good draft picks they've made recently. How long ago was KG and Starbury?

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