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Derrick Williams
Derrick Williams
Position: F
Born: 05/25/91
Height: 6-8 / 2.03
Weight:241 lbs. / 109.3 kg.
Salary: $0
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Now that new coach George Karl is in place in Sacramento, sources told Sporting News this week that the Kings have stepped up their focus on re-arranging the roster in order to bring in the type of athletic, versatile players that suit Karl’s aggressive and up-tempo style of play. Even before the hiring of Karl, the team has been shopping big man Jason Thompson, reserve forward Derrick Williams and—in lieu of a first-round pick—rookie Nik Stauskas.
The Nets have been in discussions about trading either Lopez or Deron Williams this season, including talks with the Kings that would have centered around Williams going to Sacramento in exchange for Darren Collison, Jason Thompson and Derrick Williams. Those talks were held up, however, by the Kings being interested in Mason Plumlee and the Nets in rookie Nik Stauskas, both non-starters for the other team.
A hiccup in the trade is Sacramento coveting Mason Plumlee, who is not part of the deal as currently proposed. Plumlee would upgrade the Kings at the power forward spot forming an imposing frontcourt along with DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay. All three were teammates on Team USA that captured the FIBA World Cup in Spain this offseason.
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Savvy shoppers know stores tend to place their clearance items in a space for everyone to see. If recent games are an indication, the Sacramento Kings are doing the same with Derrick Williams. In the first 11 games of the season, Williams recorded three DNP’s and averaged 5.5 minutes of action in the other eight. Since November 20, a span of five contests, the former second overall pick has played 19.2 minutes per contest, scoring 7.6 points and 2.8 rebounds per game.
It’s undeniable that in three full NBA seasons, the No. 2 overall pick from the 2011 NBA Draft has failed to meet the lofty expectations bestowed upon such highly touted prospects. Heading into this offseason, his game was in need of significant adjustment, and that was why he consented to play in Las Vegas. Or at least that should have been the primary reason. “Man, I don’t feel like I really need to prove anything,” Derrick Williams said after practice between the Kings’ first two summer league games. “I just know I want to get better with the team. That’s what I use summer league for. Just all get better, not just myself. Obviously you want to get better individually, but we’re here to play together and get this chemistry going. Myself, Q (Quincy Acy), Ray (McCallum), Ben (McLemore), some of the returners, we gotta get that chemistry since we’re so young.”
How would you describe your transition to Sacramento? Derrick Williams: “It’s good! I finally moved into my house a few weeks ago. When you get traded on the spot, you have 48 hours and then you start playing. So the first week was really hectic, but since then it’s been good.” How are you working to improve the consistency of your game? “Staying after practice and working out with the other younger guys. We’re always trying to get extra work in, and to be the last ones to leave.”
Just seven games into Williams’ tenure with the Kings, general manager Pete D’Alessandro pulled off a blockbuster seven-man deal that brought Rudy Gay to Sacramento. Williams is now back on the bench and struggling to find his way. “Derrick has probably been effected the most with Rudy coming,” coach Michael Malone said during pre game on Thursday. “It’s been a little tough on Derrick,” Malone added. “But I know he’s going to keep on competing and playing hard for us.”
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Q: So you have to be happy about the early returns on the Derrick Williams trade. He’s athletic, and his overall game looked pretty good in game number one. Pete D’Alessandro: After one game, we feel the way we felt when we did the trade. The one thing about once you make a trade, is it’s more about getting to know the person. You know what you see on the floor, you know what you understand as someone’s potential, but now you get to meet the person. And a big part of, I think, becoming good or great, is about who you are. You see it in a lot of players and it’s been a pleasure getting to know him.
That said, Love admitted that making a personnel change during the season can be difficult. “It’s pretty tough,” Love said. “I would say it would be a little bit more tough had D-Will been a starter or something, playing 25-, 30-plus minutes a night. But it’s always tough losing somebody. I really enjoyed having D-Will around. And, like I mentioned, Sacramento will enjoy him. But having Luc, he’ll come in and fit in immediately.’’
Sacramento represents a fresh start for Williams, who was born in La Mirada in Southern California. He’s happy to leave behind the freezing temperatures for a warmer, west coast climate and he said he’s ready to reinvent himself, to show people why he was worthy of that high draft pick. “That’s how I got to the NBA, just proving people wrong,” Williams said. “(Minnesota was) just a bad fit for myself with the situation I was in, but I’m here to prove people wrong. I’ve been at the bottom, everybody knows that, and there’s only one way up.”
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The 22-year-old Williams flew into San Francisco, before completing his physical and meeting Kings owner Vivek Ranadive during a private dinner. He then made his way over to the team’s practice facility in Sacramento, where he spoke about the trade publicly for the first time as a King. “It feels good, it’s a new beginning,” Williams said. “It’s a new start for myself, and the team. I really feel like I can help this team out.”
“You’re always talking with your staff and evaluating the league to see what opportunities may be out there,” D’Alessandro said in a phone interview. “Early in the year, it became clear that we may have an opportunity to acquire Derrick. We did a lot of work and spent a lot of time doing background and research. His talent, we’ve seen that going back to his time at Arizona. We hope this is a fresh start for him. We feel this is a great environment for him to come here and get that fresh start.”