Scouting Report: Derrick Williams

Check out these highlights of Derrick Williams sophomore season at Arizona:

Williams averaged 20/8 and shot 60% from the field in 2010, including an eye-popping 57% (42-of-74) from long range. He stands just over 6-7 in bare feet, but his standing reach of 9-0 is the same as Nick Collison and Tyrus Thomas and just a half inch less than Amare Stoudemire’s (though Stoudemire may have grown a bit since being measured in 2002).

While slightly on the small side, Williams is more of a power forward than a small forward, though he could get by with some minutes at the ‘three’ if need be. This isn’t good for the Minnesota Timberwolves, who already have a very good power forward in Kevin Love. Williams would struggle covering the quicker small forwards if pressed to play big minutes out of position, which is why the T-Wolves are trying to trade out of the #2 spot.

Williams is a terrific finisher in the lane, whether it be a powerful dunk or a nifty double cutch lay-in. He’s especially good at catching the ball off the pick-and-roll and finishing in traffic. He has a high motor and isn’t easily outworked. His range goes out to the NBA three-point line, though his shot isn’t exactly pure.

DraftExpress compares him to Michael Beasley (without any of the off-court issues) and says that “Williams shouldered a heavy load for Arizona this season at 16.4 possessions per game (5th in this group), but was nevertheless the most efficient forward of the players we looked at, scoring 1.16 points per possession. That’s especially impressive considering how heavily defenses keyed in on stopping him, how little playmaking Arizona had besides him, and the way in which he generated his offense.”

Meanwhile, says he “was a pretty modest defensive player in college, as his lateral quickness is mediocre and his length is just OK, which are respective problems for the SF and PF positions … Definitely has wavering intensity on this end, and will allow baskets without much resistance around the rim, particularly against the bigger, more athletic PF’s he faced.”

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