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23 - Derrick Williams

Arizona 

  • Birthday: 5/25/91
  • NBA Position: SF/PF
  • Class: Sophomore
  • Ht: 6-8
  • Wt: 248
  • Hometown: La Mirada, CA
  • High School: La Mirada
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NBA Comparison: David West/Michael Beasley

Strengths: Williams’ production in his 2 years at Arizona were phenomenal, as he managed to improve on his excellent Fr. stats across the board … In terms of physical tools, Williams has very good size for a combo forward, boasting a very strong 6’9 248 lb frame with a long 7’1 wingspan added for good measure … Very fluid and smooth athlete, who also flashes explosiveness leaping off of 2 feet … A true matchup problem for defenders, Williams uses his strong footwork and soft touch to score the ball with very good effectiveness in the post or facing up … His shooting ability is good, as evidenced by his 57% 3-point percentage (albeit on a limited 2 attempts a night), and he uses it to keep his matchup honest so they can’t play off of him … Also functional from mid-range, as a threat to slash or shoot … One of the best isolation players in the entire draft, as PF’s have big trouble with his rangy first step and body control for a guy his size, and SFs are generally at a disadvantage in terms of their size and strength … Has an ease at which he creates shots from the PF spot that will continue to make him a big threat from that position, and his size is certainly adequate enough to play down low too … Fairly decisive finisher down low, who uses his wide lower body to seal in good position to get the pass and go up with shots before the defense collapses on him … Works hard moving without the ball, and isn’t indifferent to throwing his body in his man down low to establish very deep position … Although he’s not likely to seal NBA PF’s as much as he did in college, he also can post from mid-range and utilize quick spins and turnaround moves to use his dribble drive game to his advantage … Understands how to shield defenders using his body off the dribble … Strong finisher, who will at times slip free of the D around the rim and make emphatic dunks as a 2 footed leaper … Very capable finisher with both hands … Pretty easy shooting stroke with a soft touch and compact fundamentals that are very consistent … Pretty good offensive rebounder due to his quick 2nd bounce and solid motor, and will get high percentage shots every game due to this … Won’t take very many bad shots, which is a great sign due to the go-to role he embraced for 2 years … Got to the foul line a lot due to his ability to be a mismatch, shot an OK percentage (74%) once there, and this aspect of his game will very likely translate to the NBA as well … Super efficient, and scored 19.5 ppg on just 10 FG attempts a game … Ability to develop from a fairly unheralded recruit, to a surprisingly productive Fr., then to improve on a great Fr. season across the board as a Soph. speaks to his work ethic, and he still can make improvements on his weaknesses right now to continue to grow ... Showed the ability to step up in big situations with kep plays to win games ...

Weaknesses: Considered a combo forward, and there are some questions about what position he will defend with the most effectiveness … Insists that he sees himself as a SF more than a PF, but he has never really played SF dating back to HS, and would certainly be a shaky defender against NBA SF’s … Hard to see him being as efficient and effective if he plays more SF than PF, although he certainly will be able to play some legit time on the wing … 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 … Wasn’t that great a defensive rebounder (5.5 a game) and will ball-watch, and gives up rebounds on the defensive end that give offenses 2nd chance opportunities at times … Although he generally is decisive, Williams struggles at times with defenders crowding him and is pretty turnover prone when he gets collapsed upon ... Doesn’t look to pass the ball very much … Saw limited minutes at times in games due to foul trouble … Won’t be a big threat in the passing lanes or blocking shots at the NBA level ...

Overall: Was the catalist in knocking off the defending champion Duke Blue Devils with his tremendous performance in the 2011 NCAA tourney ... Williams’ blend of size and his pure talent scoring the ball on offense will make him a viable option in the NBA. His ability to be a matchup problem at the NBA level offensively will make him a coveted prospect in this draft, as today’s NBA covets mismatch PF’s who can score at Williams’ level. He’s not a great rebounder and he’s not a very good defender, but he does have the body to hit the glass with solid effectiveness and his fundamentals on D aren’t bad. Williams will go on to have a productive NBA career, particularly offensively.

Jorrye Nixon 6/17/11

Strengths:
Williams had an excellent freshman season, averaging 15 and 7 for a rebounding Arizona team ... A long, 6'9 forward, Williams possesses sound footwork and fundamentals when dealing in the paint... He absorbs contact well, and gets to the line at an excellent rate, attempting 7.5 attempts per game... One of his best assets revolves around his high offensive awareness level- he times his cuts in the paint in rhythm with his point guard and the ball movement around him ... He uses pump fakes and positions his body efficiently when going up for a layup or dunk under the rim ... With his back to the basket, Williams uses his strength, along with long and efficient drop steps to create separation where he can score on 10 foot turn around jumpers and touch hooks ... He is capable of facing up, where he can attack by putting the ball on the floor, and though he doesn't have the speed or handle to blow by his defender, he uses his body to shield his defender, making it difficult to contest his shot ... Defensively, he does a good job bodying up and defending the post ... Only averaged 2.5 personal fouls per game illustrates his high defensive IQ and understanding of defensive positioning ... 7-plus foot wingspan also helps him on the boards and blocking shots ...

Weaknesses: Williams is slightly undersized for a power forward at the next level, lacking great bulk ... He will likely always use speed and length to compensate for a lack of brute strength ... He would really benefit from developing a consistent mid range jump shot ... His face up game would be more effective, and it would add another dimension to his offensive repertoire ... At times, takes him a little too long to execute his move and get off his shot ... Needs to improve vision in the post - when the ball goes down low to him it rarely gets kicked out ... Goes through cold spells from the FT line. Must become more consistent ...

Overall: Earned Pac-Ten freshman of the year. Williams is a smart kid, who works hard and maintains a high activity level every time he steps on the floor ... He's gifted in terms of scoring in the paint with great instincts and strength ... If he can broaden his offensive game by developing a mid range game while improving his handle, Williams could be one of the premier players in college this season, and a potential mid-first rounder ...

Jonathan Wasserman 11/1/10

SEASON
TEAM
MIN
PTS
REB
AST
TO
A/T
STL
BLK
PF
FG%
FT%
3P%
PPS
2009-10 Arizona 28.2 15.7 7.1 0.7 1.9 0.37 0.6 0.6 2.5 0.574 0.681 0.250 1.72
2010-11 Arizona 30.0 19.5 8.3 1.1 2.6 0.43 1.0 0.7 2.8 0.595 0.746 0.568 1.95
PerGame 29.2 17.8 7.7 0.9 2.0 0.41 0.8 0.7 2.7 0.586 0.719 0.511 1.85

SEASON
TEAM
GP
MIN
FG
FGA
FTM
FTA
3PM
3PA
PTS
OFF
DEF
TOT
AST
TO
STL
BLK
PF
2009-10 Arizona 31 875 162 282 158 232 4 16 486 68 151 219 22 60 19 20 78
2010-11 Arizona 38 1141 226 380 247 331 42 74 741 105 209 314 43 100 37 26 106
Totals 69 2016 388 662 405 563 46 90 1227 173 360 533 65 160 56 46 184

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