The Sacramento Kings made a trade recently that had some intrigue to it. In a deal that sent Luc Richard Mbah a Moute to the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Kings received third-year forward Derrick Williams in return. Some thought the Kings got the much better end of this deal, while others didn’t really think much of the trade in general.
At this point, I am on the latter side of things.
In three games so far with the Kings, Williams has averaged just 9.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists in nearly 27 minutes per game. He’s shot the ball at a decent rate of 46 percent, but due to his lack of involvement — as shown by his box scores — his PER (player efficiency rating) is a disgusting 8.5 with the Kings.
In Minnesota, Williams never even came close to being the elite scorer he was in college. At Arizona, Williams could score from anywhere on the court: Outside, inside, mid-range or on the break — and he did it consistently which is what made him the number two overall pick two and a half years ago.
Over the offseason, Williams cut down about 20 pounds in hopes that he could go more toward playing the stretch four type of player he saw himself as. He’s been noticeably quicker and even more athletic at times, but the weight loss hasn’t done much to improve his involvement on the court. A guy his size and with his athleticism should be able to average double-figure scoring and a nice chunk of rebounds, if not good enough for a double-double night in and night out.
It just doesn’t look to be all there for the guy at this point. Williams can’t seem to put it all together and become the type of player he was thought to be coming out of the draft. The Kings shouldn’t have expected much out of him when dealing for the former number two pick, because he isn’t going to be doing much more than he is right now for the rest of his career.