I was reading something about the Finals this morning and had an original thought about Derrick Williams. Ever since he suggested that he would be a small forward in the NBA, everyone on CH has been comparing him to Michael Beasley. Some people have insisted that Williams is a power forward and the comparisons to Beasley aren't worth much.
Here's my original thought about Derrick Williams: we've been comparing him to Michael Beasley as a small forward, but we should be comparing him to Chris Bosh as a power forward instead. Bosh is taller than Williams, but I think that's the biggest real difference between them. I don't think Williams will reliably stretch his jump shot to the NBA 3-point line any time soon, but his 20-foot jumper will likely be as good as anyone's - not unlike Chris Bosh. Williams rebounds fairly well but I think a lot of that is just him preventing stray balls from hitting him in the face - not unlike Bosh. Williams defense seems like he's got the tools but doesn't have the know-how or inclination to really use them - does that sound like Chris Bosh to anyone else?
Here's the problem for the Timberwolves when it comes to drafting Williams: we already have Kevin Love. I wouldn't trade Love straight up for Bosh even if their current salaries were reversed. Love is a more valuable player. If we were convinced of Williams turning into a slightly shorter Chris Bosh, and we were convinced Love was going to play out his qualifying offer after this next year to become an unrestricted free agent, only then would I draft Derrick Williams to keep on this team. Otherwise I think you can get more of what this team needs by either trading the pick or drafting Williams and trading him. I think he's the second best player in this draft, so we need to leverage that in our favor rather than passing on the BPA in order to chase after fit.
But that's just this man's opinion. Reasonable minds could differ on the subject.