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Will The REAL Derrick Williams Please Stand Up?

Oh, if he has a decent mid-range game or can hit 3s above .400 and can get to the line, he might be worth it.

This is a quote from last year's final CH draft board from s-n-p. Let me just start by saying last year's draft was the worst in years to have a top 5 pick. How unlucky are the wolves? Imagine having the number 2 pick in this year's draft instead of last years. :-(

Anyways, I am getting veeeery frustrated with what I see in Derrick Williams. I know I know, he's only a rook. People keep saying that, that he'll "get it". The issue is that some skills shouldn't need to be honed. Either you have it or you don't. Think about all of the things that you thought D-Will was going to bring to the table right off the bat. My expectations were, at bare minimum, a thunderous dunking finisher who could EASILY finish at the rim, as well as a nice slasher using 2-3 direct line dribbles. The problem is, he isn't able to do those things at all, and those are basics that can't simply be developed. He is not explosive off of 2 feet to finish, arms don't seem long, takes too much time to collect himself when finishing. Another thing that bothers me is I expected a super high energy kind of player. It seems just the opposite. Maybe he hangs out with AR too much because he looks sleepy out there half the time. So those are the things I thought he would give us.

Then, on his pre-draft tour, he sold himself. We watched the videos. We heard the tweets. We watched sports science. We read the interviews. DW had proclaimed himself as a 3, not a 4, boasting of his outside shooting and ability to handle and penetrate. It all looked good on the internet. We bought it hook line and sinker. This is the NUMBER TWO pick in the draft people. You understand the value of the #2 pick, correct? This could go down as the worst draft pick in Wolves history when you consider the value of the pick and the type of player DW is, if he does not improve SIGNIFICANTLY.

I am flat out in trade DW mode. So many of you think he holds a great value on the market. I hope you are right. Right now I would trade him straight up for a guy like Anthony Morrow, who has a prooven and valuable, and quite needed NBA skill, shooting. I flat out doubt DW would be enough to land him though, as teams have had a chance to see what DW has to offer at this point, and it ain't much. Am I onto something or just on something?


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