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NBA Lines – Minnesota Timberwolves Draft Derrick Williams

Posted by Brett Nielson on 6/27/2011 8:42:34 AM

With the second overall pick in this year’s NBA Draft, the Minnesota Timberwolves selected Arizona Wildcats power forward Derrick Williams.

2010-11 Season
Los Angeles Lakers vs. NBA: 57-25
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I truly believe that the Minnesota Timberwolves were disappointed when the Cleveland Cavaliers drafted Kyrie Irving first overall.

The Timberwolves were forced to draft Derrick Williams second overall as he was the best possible choice at the time. However, I think that Minnesota would have been much better off with Kyrie Irving than Derrick Williams.

Not to take any credit away from Williams, in my opinion, he and Irving are each equally great in their own respective assets that they can bring to an organization. Although, it just seems logical that with the second overall pick, the Timberwolves would have preferred to draft a much-needed point guard than an inessential power forward.

Prior to the draft, it appeared as though Minnesota’ big three up front were pretty much set.

They had one of the best power forwards in the league in Kevin Love who led the NBA in rebounds, ranked 5th in points per game at his position, and set a record for the most consecutive double-doubles this season.

They were also satisfied with center Darko Milicic’s performance this season, as he had the best year of his career. Milicic ranked fourth among all centers in steals, and managed to score 8.8 points per match with less than 25 minutes of game time.

Also, they retained one of the most promising small forwards in the NBA in Michael Beasley. The 22-year-old averaged 19.2 points per game this season, and made 36.6 percent of his 3-point attempts.

Additionally, Minnesota holds many adequate substitutes for these three players, thus leaving no room for a young star like Derrick Williams to shine. Instead, it would have make more sense for the Timberwolves to draft a college guard like Kyrie Irving.

Minnesota’s 30-year-old point guard Luke Ridnour averaged just 11.8 points per game this season and shot well below a .500 field goal percentage.

It would have been great to let Kyrie Irving grow alongside Syracuse sophomore shooting guard Wesley Johnson in Minnesota.

Nielson Notice: Minnesota Timberwolves president David Kahn made it clear that his organization would not trade away his best prospect. “We’re not trading Derrick Williams,” he said. “He will be in a Timberwolves uniform next year.”

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