Michael Beasley had stated just hours after the Timberwolves selected Williams with the #2 pick in June's draft--that he was happy with the pick and was excited to have Derrick join the team. He may be happy, but can these two really co-exist?
Michael Beasley is a player that demands the ball in his hands and tries to take over the scoring game after game, the majority of the time he takes far too many shots--whether they're falling or not. I didn't catch too many of Derrick's games in Arizona last season. But he's a solid scorer 19ppg and a guy who can bang on the block, but also take it outside and knock down outside shots.
They have similar skill sets, their about the same size, they play the same position. However, in the differences is what will determine whether they can co-exist or whether one will be on the trading block in the future. It's pretty clear that it'll stunt the development of one if not both if they stay together for too long (on the same team). Derrick Williams is obviously a bit younger (just 20 years old) whereas Beas is a bit older: 22 years old.
A lot will depend on who the TWolves peg as their next/new head coach as to how the future of these forwards plays out next year and down the road. Beasley & Rambis were good buddies and too often, when Beas was chucking up balls at the hoop over and over, he stayed in the game--1.) because there were no other options to come off the bench & 2.) beyond Love, Beasley was their best scorer. However, unlike last season, Rambis won't be at the helm and if Beas is cold, D-Will will be able to come off the bench to replace him...
It will be an interesting season for both of these guys and it's definitely a situation we'll keep an eye on, if/when the '11-'12 season begins. Thanks for reading and remember to check back daily for updates all year round and all your news & information. GO WOLVES!