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Derrick Williams | Forward | #22

Team: Miami Heat
Age / DOB:  (25) / 5/25/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'8' / 245
College: Arizona
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 1 (2) / MIN
Contract: view contract details

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Derrick Williams scored eight points off the bench on Friday, adding five rebounds, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer.
It was a head-scratcher to see Luke Babbitt start over Williams tonight. The Heat actually played well while Williams was out there in the preseason with a plus-5.8 net rating. There have been some hints he'll come off the bench, which wouldn't be too bad because he should mesh nicely with Tyler Johnson. He's only 16-team material for now. Oct 21 - 11:23 PM

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Derrick Williams scored 13 points with four rebounds, four assists and three 3-pointers in 25 minutes on Thursday.

Due to James Johnson (foot) dealing with an injury, Williams appears to have the inside track for the starting power forward job. Coach Erik Spoelstra will be using plenty of small-ball fours, so Williams may not get "starter's minutes" in the first unit. Unless you're in a deep league, just keep an eye on him for now.
Oct 20 - 9:40 PM

Derrick Williams started at power forward again for the Heat on Tuesday and hit 3-of-7 shots for eight points, seven rebounds, one assist, one steal and a 3-pointer.

With Chris Bosh's Heat career over, Miami's looking at Williams and Luke Babbitt (DNP) as their potential starting power forward. And given that Williams has started in four straight and is a better basketball player, expect him to win the job and put him on your sleeper list.
Oct 18 - 10:10 PM

Goran Dragic, Dion Waiters, Wayne Ellington, Derrick Williams and Willie Reed will start Tuesday vs. Orlando.

Justise Winslow is nursing a minor back injury so Derrick Williams should get some extended run tonight, and newly signed Luis Montero should be able to pick up some minutes as well.

Derrick Williams hasn't earned a starting spot yet, according to head coach Erik Spoelstra.

Williams has started at power forward for the Heat's last three preseason games, but Spoelstra is still considering Luke Babbitt for the role. "I’m not really at that point right now," Spoelstra said. "We’re developing him and his minutes and his confidence right now until he understands our system. But I did like the way he played this weekend. To be frank, I may have gone back to Luke [Babbitt] on Saturday if he was healthy to give that another look as well." Neither player has much value in standard fantasy leagues, but whoever comes out as the starter could be worth a look in DFS when faced with an easy matchup.
Oct 18 - 9:10 AM

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra still hasn't decided who will start at power forward on opening night.

"It's still too early to say that right now," Spoelstra said of nailing down a starter. "It's October 13. It feels like we've been at it for a while but it's been two weeks and only three preseason games." Derrick Williams, Luke Babbitt and James Johnson have each started one game during the preseason, but Friday's game vs. the Spurs could give us a hint as to which way Spoelstra is leaning. For now, this looks a situation that most fantasy owners will want to ignore.
Oct 14 - 9:42 AM

Derrick Williams started at power forward on Tuesday vs. the Nets and scored 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting.

D-Will also chipped in six rebounds, one assist, two blocks and two treys in 24 minutes. James Johnson and Luke Babbitt have each gotten an opportunity to start in the preseason, so it was Williams' turn tonight and he made the most of his chance. It sounds like Chris Bosh's Heat career is over, so Williams could have some sneaky value in deeper leagues if he can hold onto the starting job. For what it's worth, Heat coach Erik Spoelsta said he is still experimenting with different lineup combinations.
Oct 11 - 10:04 PM

Derrick Williams is listed as the starter at power forward for Tuesday against the Wizards.

The Heat are going to have a tough time figuring out their power forward spot with Chris Bosh likely done with the team and Luol Deng in L.A. Justise Winslow will start at small forward, but you can bet coach Erik Spoelstra will slot him in as a four for plenty of minutes. We should see some Luke Babbitt, as well.
Oct 3 - 4:54 PM

Derrick Williams believes he will "thrive" in Miami because they play a lot of "position-less basketball."

"That's the reason why I came here," Williams said. "With [Erik] Spoelstra, Pat Riley, they have a history of developing players and people like myself that haven't found that right opportunity yet, looking at players like myself that can thrive in the position-less basketball." He also said he chose the Heat because of their stability, but it's tough to be excited about Williams' fantasy outlook until we know more about the status of Chris Bosh (blood clots). Williams averaged 9.3 points and 3.7 rebounds in 17.9 minutes per game for the Knicks last season.
Sep 19 - 9:41 AM

Erik Spoelstra said that he wants Derrick Williams to "be aggressive with his ability to attack the paint."

"With us, he can come here, be aggressive with his ability to attack the paint, get to the free throw line," Spoelstra said. "We will put him in situations where he can play anywhere on the floor... He can guard 1 through 4. He can handle, can play off the ball, play in the post, do a lot of different things. A lot of times with young players like a Derrick Williams, it's about the right fit, the right place and right time in your career. And we think this really is all three things with Derrick." Williams' fantasy value will hinge on the health of Chris Bosh (blood clots).
Aug 21 - 6:56 PM

Unrestricted free agent Derrick Williams has agreed to a one-year, $5 million deal with the Heat.

The Heat will be looking for offense and depth with losing about half of their shots from last season. Williams played in a career-high 80 games last season with nine starts. If Chris Bosh isn't ready to play, Williams could be looking at minutes in the 20s. He's not a fantasy option just yet.
Jul 8 - 4:50 PM

The Knicks have officially renounced Derrick Williams.

This means that he no longer counts against the Knicks' salary cap. It's possible that Williams could still re-sign with the Knicks, but he could earn a much larger salary on the open market and will likely move on. For what it's worth, the Heat are said to be interested in Williams.
Source: ESPN
Jul 8 - 11:51 AM

Derrick Williams would reportedly like to re-sign with the Knicks.

"He liked it here in New York, loved playing for a Phil Jackson team," said an unnamed source. "I think the Knicks are trying to keep their young athletes so they can continue to develop." While Williams would reportedly like to return to New York, he's also expected to receive some interest from the Lakers as an unrestricted free agent, and he'll likely go with the club that offers him the most money. Williams won't be worth drafting in standard leagues next year, regardless of his jersey.
Jun 22 - 1:25 PM

Derrick Williams reportedly will not pick up his player option for the 2016-17 season.

Williams had a nice season with the Knicks, so it makes sense for him to test his worth on the open market with the salary cap set to spike to $94 million. That being said, Williams only managed to produce 9.3 points and 3.7 rebounds on 45.0 percent shooting this past year, and those numbers are probably pretty close to his ceiling. He won't be worth drafting in standard fantasy leagues next season.
Jun 21 - 2:52 PM

Derrick Williams started and hit 8-of-11 shots and four 3-pointers on his way to 21 points, one rebound, two assists and a steal in Tuesday's loss to the Pacers.

Williams was in line for a big night with both Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis sitting, and while he came through in the shooting and scoring departments, some more rebounds would have been nice. The Knicks' season has mercifully come to an end with a 32-50 record.
Apr 12 - 9:20 PM

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All Positions
PG1Goran Dragic
2Tyler Johnson
SG1Josh Richardson
2Dion Waiters
3Wayne Ellington
4Rodney McGruder
SF1Justise Winslow
2Luke Babbitt
PF1Derrick Williams
2James Johnson
3Josh McRoberts
C1Hassan Whiteside
2Udonis Haslem
3Willie Reed