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Timberwolves going to try some Derrick Williams at the three

Aug 29, 2013, 4:37 PM EDT

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Last season, Derrick Williams played the majority of his minutes at the four spot, where the banged up Timberwolves most needed him. When they went small he got a little time at the five (he scored well as a center but as you might imagine struggled to defend).

And he played a sliver of time at the three (not great minutes but such a small sample size you can’t judge it).

This season he could see a lot more time at the small forward spot, Minnesota decision maker Flip Saunders said in an interview at the Timberwolves official Web site.

“He’s the one guy I think everybody kind of forgot about and people don’t talk much about,” Saunders said. “This is a big proving year for him, he’s got to get out and really do some things. But I believe he’s gonna show he can play a couple different positions. He’s been working extremely hard to get in better shape, to get his weight down a little bit, so he can be a little bit more explosive, a little bit quicker.”

Minnesota has Chase Budinger and Corey Brewer who are going to soak up the majority of minutes at the three, but if Williams can be effective there and fit in that rotation it will give Rick Adelman some good matchup options.

It’s going to be a dogfight for those final couple spots in the Western Conference playoffs, but I think Minnesota will get one of them if they can just stay healthy.

  1. jabronikid - Aug 29, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    If not for Darko he would go down as the worst second overall pick ever.

    • jabronikid - Aug 29, 2013 at 8:03 PM

      I forgot Hasheem Thabeet, they’re having a tight race for that…

    • pacific123ocean - Aug 30, 2013 at 12:53 AM

      Michael Beasley.

  2. ProBasketballPundit - Aug 29, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    This is just painful. Derrick Williams is just like Michael Beasley, he doesn’t belong to any position because he isn’t good enough to exploit the match-up advantages.

    • skinsfanwill - Aug 30, 2013 at 12:12 PM

      I disagree. Rick Adelman doesn’t know how to use him. Toward the end of last season when Adelman was away from the team Derrick did a great job of scoring. Many nights leading the team in scoring. And he has a decent long range ball too.

  3. monkeyhateclean - Aug 29, 2013 at 9:09 PM

    Expectations are kind of unfair, this guy just happened to land in a very weak draft.

    The NBDL might have helped him, but he’s probably going need to ball in Eurotrash leagues, or his “college degree” to make a dime, because homie cannot ball at this level, at any position.

  4. krazytrane - Aug 30, 2013 at 1:40 AM

    When given time on the floor he produced. Not at an allstar level but did well. He is bounced all over the place instead of the coaches putting him in a position to succeed.

  5. 00maltliquor - Aug 30, 2013 at 3:19 AM

    The Wolves are going ti be sooo sick this year! This is the year they finally make the playoffs, mark my words. Also, I thought they already went with the whole Williams @ the 3? Either way, if he gets consistent burn, he will break out this year. Or get traded, then break out.

  6. skinsfanwill - Aug 30, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    I’m still wondering why the hell these media experts think Budinger is relevant. He is the bum in this group. Can’t get his own shot and he cant defend. Why do yo think Houston got rid of him? I bet he ends up being behind Brewer and Williams. Unless Adelman doesn’t get his head out of his ass and benches Williams all season. I think there is a personal grudge going on between coach and player.

    • Kurt Helin - Aug 30, 2013 at 4:45 PM

      We can just agree to disagree on Budinger and see how it plays out. You clearly have a personal issue… Arizona State fan?

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