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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 a season-high 17 points against the Cavs on Friday, adding one rebound, one assist and two steals in 31 minutes.
This is a garbage-time special, but Williams was in the game during the first quarter. He was a DNP-CD last weekend when the Heat really needed another body, so Williams' playing time will be a mystery. At best, he'll only have value in deep leagues until Justise Winslow (wrist) can return. Dec 9 - 10:36 PM

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Derrick Williams was a DNP-CD on Saturday.

That's cold. Williams was available to play, but coach Erik Spoelstra just went with other guys. Williams may get playing time another day, but this has to sting with only eight guys playing tonight.
Dec 4 - 1:12 AM

Derrick Williams (back) will play against the Blazers on Saturday.

He was listed as questionable and is good to go for tonight. Williams was losing minutes to guys like James Johnson, but he should get playing time tonight due to the depth issues at forward. Even if he starts, he'll be a risky option in almost any league.
Dec 3 - 2:46 PM

Derrick Williams (back spasms) is questionable for Saturday's game vs. the Blazers.

He said earlier that he was hopeful to play, so that's good news for a Heat team that's not expecting Luke Babbitt to play. If D-Will is ultimately ruled out, James Johnson and Josh McRoberts will hold down the fort at PF.
Dec 2 - 10:04 PM

Derrick Williams (back spasms) is hopeful he will able to play Saturday in Portland.

The Heat announced prior to Thursday's game that Williams would be unavailable due to back spasms that ultimately were confirmed as the reasons he also had been held out of Wednesday's victory over the Nuggets. Williams said that in addition to the back spasms, he also is dealing with shoulder and neck pain. "Kind of right before the [Denver] game, actually, just warming up kind of just made the wrong movement and it just stiffened up on me," he said. However, Williams is hopeful of being in uniform Saturday. Miami may only have nine healthy players.
Dec 2 - 10:28 AM

Derrick Williams, who has fallen out of the Heat rotation recently, is in the locker room with back spasms on Thursday night, according to the broadcast team.

Williams got a DNP-CD in his last game and lost his starting job to Luke Babbitt recently. Babbitt was also injured tonight (hip flexor), so red-hot Wayne Ellington got the start in the second half. Ellington's the pickup here, along with James Johnson. Ellington led the Heat in the first half with 14 points and two 3-pointers after scoring 22 and nine points in each of his previous two games. Johnson had 10 points at the half and has been playing well, and both are worth a close look with the Heat down to just seven healthy players right now.
Dec 1 - 10:26 PM

Derrick Williams started and hit 5-of-9 shots and two 3-pointers for 12 points and five rebounds in 17 minutes on Saturday.

Williams has started in four straight games, but has a high of just 18 minutes in those games. Tonight's line was his best as a starter, but the fact Justise Winslow was out and Williams could manage no more than 17 minutes is a concern. Just keep an eye on him in case he gets a minutes bump in the near future.
Nov 19 - 10:38 PM

Derrick Williams started again on Tuesday but hit just 3-of-8 shots in 15 minutes to finish with six points, one rebound, one assist and one steal in a 93-90 loss to the Hawks.

Williams had a great opportunity with Justise Winslow (wrist) and Goran Dragic (ankle) out, but couldn't muster much of anything. He looks like the starting PF for the foreseeable future, but he's been invisible in two straight starts, so he's not worth using in any format right now. He is, however, worth keeping an eye on in case he suddenly gets it going, which is not out of the question.
Nov 15 - 10:10 PM

Derrick Williams started at power forward on Monday, but played just 16 minutes and finished with five points, one rebound and one steal, hitting just 2-of-6 shots.

Williams could have some fantasy value down the road if he continues to start, but tonight was mostly a disaster. Just monitor his role and production going forward in case he happens to stick in the starting unit and gets hot.
Nov 14 - 11:51 PM

Derrick Williams will start on Monday vs. the Spurs, shifting Luke Babbitt to the bench.

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said on Monday morning that he wasn't making any changes to his starting lineup, but clearly he had second thoughts. Williams started the second half of Saturday's game and finished with 11 points, four rebounds, one block and one 3-pointer in 20 minutes, but standard-league owners can use a wait-and-see approach here.
Nov 14 - 7:51 PM

Derrick Williams started the second half over Luke Babbitt on Saturday, finishing with 11 points, four rebounds, one block and one 3-pointer in 20 minutes.

Based on coach Erik Spoelstra's comments tonight, D-Will might he sticking here. "He brings an athleticism. He brings a little bit of an X factor," Spo said. Williams can score a little bit and playing two positions helps, but this situation is very fluid. Only give him a look if you have dead weight.
Nov 13 - 12:15 AM

Derrick Williams said that he's surprised that he's not in the Heat rotation.

"A little surprised, but that’s the coach’s decision," Williams said. "I can’t really be mad at the fact that I didn’t play. I just got to stay ready. That’s it. That’s the only thing you can do." Williams has picked up two DNP-CDs after a solid preseason, as coach Erik Spoelstra has opted to use Luke Babbitt and James Johnson at the four at Williams' expense. He's safe to leave on the wire almost everywhere until his situation changes.
Oct 29 - 9:19 AM

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

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

Depth Charts

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