There's no questioning that Derrick Williams' rookie campaign was nothing short of a disappointment. To say I'm shocked that's he's ranked this high is an understatement.
Williams has PLENTY of time to improve and live up to the expectations of being a #2 overall pick, here's hoping he's more Kevin Durant/Jason Kidd/Gary Payton than Darko Milicic/Stromile Swift/Hasheem Thabeet (all #2 picks). My guess, when it's all said and done he'll land somewhere in the middle.
It's only been one season (a condensed season, at that--one with no training camp and a very shortened preseason). Here's hoping a full season/offseason of working with Rick Adelman and his staff will pay dividends. If it's another disappointing season, the Wolves will push even harder to trade him.
AND, the Timberwolves tried VERY hard to move him this summer. I'm glad they haven't shipped him off after just one season though.
If D-Will wants to find floor time he'll have to learn to play more small forward. I know we've all heard that one-hundred times, though. If he wants to be a small forward, he needs to work on and drastically improve his perimeter shooting, penetrating and man-to-man defense. He's shed some weight and hopefully that improves his slashing ability and allows him to stay in front of his man defensively...that may be wishful thinking, though.
That's all for now, there are still a number of players to go in #NBARank, so stay tuned! Until then, thanks for reading HOWL and GO WOLVES!