Minnesota Timberwolves Impressed With Derrick Williams' Potential

By John Raffel
Greg Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The Minnesota Timberwolves are 19-31, but a major positive note for the team in Wednesday’s 97-93 loss to the Utah Jazz was the play of Derrick Williams.

He had 24 points, and Williams also finished with a career-best 16 rebounds.

It wasn’t enough to produce a win for Minnesota, but Williams’ play obviously was a positive note for the team to take into the All-Star break. Williams and the Timberwolves had a strong effort, with Williams hitting 7 of 17 and bringing down 12 of his rebounds from the defensive side.

Minnesota is hoping that for the remainder of the season, Williams can pick up his game and establish himself as a standout NBA player in his second pro campaign.

He’s averaging 10 points and five rebounds a game. He has slightly improved from last year, when he averaged 8.8 points and 4.7 rebounds per game. His shooting percentages are about the same, although his three-point shooting has improved slightly.

Last year, Williams finished his rookie season as the only Timberwolves player to play in all 66 games. He was seventh among first-year players in scoring (8.8 ppg) and fifth in rebounding (4.7 rpg). Williams’ improvement has been slight, but he had a strong enough game against the Jazz to give the Timberwolves hope that he has turned the corner in a major way.

Making the playoffs will not be easy for Minnesota but Williams is giving the Timberwolves hope for the future. Despite the loss to Utah, the Timberwolves have plenty of hope to enjoy for the future.

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