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Old 05-09-2011, 09:14 PM   #23 (permalink)
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A little article I found on Derrick Williams:

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In various mock drafts, Williams is seen battling with Irving for the first overall spot and that's mainly because of the different positions the two prospects are projected to play in the NBA.
With the league being dictated by point guard play now, there's a greater demand for that position and the potential that Irving has to excel playing the one is viewed to be too good to pass up.
Williams, on the other hand, is a versatile player who will likely see time at small forward but has the skill set to possibly play a little power forward at the next level.
Were this another time, Williams would be the unanimous No. 1 selection because, of all the top-five prospects, he's clearly the most NBA ready and has the ceiling to possibly become a star.
The former Wildcat is a versatile player with superb offensive skills and a mental acumen for the game that allows him to make use of his varied toolbox effectively.
According to scouts, in his repertoire he possesses an excellent jump shot with range that stretches out to the three-point line, he can post-up where he uses the speed advantage that he has on most defenders to turn them inside out and, because he's a good athlete with a quick first step, he can penetrate into the lane where he likes to finish with force.
As polished as his game is, there are concerns surrounding Williams and they mostly have to do with his physical stature.
The California-native is seen as a bit of a "tweener" because even though he has a good first step, he isn't the best ball-handler and when he tries to break defenders down off the bounce in isolation situations he has a tendency to turn the ball over - something that will be a problem in the NBA as wing players generally do need to be able to make one-on-one moves.
Standing at 6-foot-8 and weighing 241 lbs means he's a good size for a small forward but because he likes to post-up and will likely see time at the four, he'll certainly run into problems with bigger, more physical defenders - particularly because he doesn't have good natural strength, meaning he'll always need to rely on his quickness in the post.
His lack of strength will also hurt him defensively as opponents will be able to bully him in the post and his average lateral quickness means there will be times when he gets left in someone else's wake out on the perimeter.
From a Raptors perspective, some of the liabilities that Williams brings aren't very eye-catching but they are things that could be corrected if they were to draft him as he'll be given greater role definition to solve his position dilemma and the strength issue is something that almost every prospect will face.
The offensive talents the Arizona product holds could mesh in an interesting way with the current makeup of the team as it is now. With Williams' excellent range, Toronto will have a real threat from deep - something it was sorely lacking last season - and because he is a good athlete, he fits perfectly into the direction of athleticism that General Manager Bryan Colangelo and the rest of his staff is taking the team in.
That excellent bounce he possesses also makes him a very good rebounder and having an extra guy on the team who's willing to crash the glass means that the easy transition buckets the Raptors want to get will have a greater chance to happen as they need to secure the ball in order to start a fast break.
Raptor Report: Prospect Watch - Derrick Williams - Basketball Wires - MiamiHerald.com

Their conclusion is that if the Raptors have the second pick and Irving is off the board, Williams should be selected regardless of positional needs. Agree or disagree?
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