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Britt Robson on Derrick Williams


It's not pretty:

Sometimes the Wolves’ 6-8, 235-pound power forward looks like each one of his limbs is on a collective jail-break from his 21-year old body as he shoots, and sometimes he displays the grace and pliable sinew of a ballerina. Either way, he emerges as a chump, or a practical joker toying with our raised expectations, when he fails to put the ball through the cylinder.

Going into Friday night’s game against Golden State, Williams is shooting 44.8 percent on shots right at the rim, according to hoopdata.com. Although that seems high (again, the vivid nature of the failures punishes the overall perception), it is actually lower than any of the other 85 NBA players who have averaged at least 3.5 shots per game from that point-blank distance. (Williams is averaging 4.1 shots at the rim.)

....What the numbers from hoopdata.com show is that when Williams is within nine feet of the basket, he is much more likely to take it strong — and unsuccessfully — to the rim.

Yes. Also Fran Blinebury riffing off Jim Souhan's recent put down in the Strib of Williams:

[T]he Wolves 5-3 record is even more impressive when you consider how little [Adelman]’s getting out of a gem prospect like Williams who has turned into cubic zirconia in barely a year. Last season, he at least had the post-lockout excuses of no real training camp and a condensed schedule to blame.

More so than Wes Johnson, I think Derrick's got a future in the NBA. I just hope not with us. Injuries aside, Williams is the only disappointment on our team this year (jury's still out on Roy). But the main thing is that the NBA scribes are paying attention to us now, and so far the only two stories are injuries and DWilliams (who is more than welcome to prove us all wrong by torching Golden State tonight).

Lots more at each link but only if you click them.

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