The Minnesota Timberwolves have been out of the race for the NBA Playoffs for a while now, which is obviously in direct correlation with the fact that Kevin Love has played less than 20 games this season. Because of their position, they have been giving a lot of players quality minutes and decreased the role of several staples in their regular rotation.
One player whose minutes have slipped over the past few weeks is Derrick Williams. His role has slipped in the month of April to where he is just playing 22.9 minutes per game, a slight decrease from the 24.3 minutes per game that he’s averaged this season, but a large decrease from the 30.7 minutes per game that he averaged in the month of March. However, he has still shown a ton of promise in this extremely limited role.
In the eight games that he’s played in March, Williams has averaged 11.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and one steal per game. Williams has also shot 46.7 percent from the field and a fantastic 43.8 percent from beyond the arc. Moreover, Williams has been aggressive on the offensive end, something that he struggled with early this season.
Williams continues to show an enormous amount of potential for the Timberwolves, but the problem is, simply, that he plays for Minnesota behind a plethora of frontcourt players that play in the rotation ahead of him. Williams is young and has obvious talent, but it hasn’t totally been able to shine with the Wolves.
There has always been a debate about whether the Wolves should “free” him and let him have the opportunity to shine or if they should hold onto him and keep these metaphorical chains on him. Regardless of what happens, though, it seems pretty apparent that Williams has the ability to succeed in the NBA.