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Derrick Williams | Forward | #23

Team: New York Knicks
Age / DOB:  (24) / 5/25/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'8' / 240
College: Arizona
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 1 (2) / MIN
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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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Derrick Williams is undecided about exercising his $4.6 million player option for next season.

"I haven’t really thought about it," he said. "I love playing here. It’s amazing. It might not have ended the way we wanted it to, but you can tell that city is starving for victories and a winning team. I love it here." That's the politically correct answer from Williams, who will almost assuredly opt out of his contract in search of a multi-year deal worth a larger annual average value.
Apr 11 - 1:32 PM

Derrick Williams scored 11 points with nine rebounds, one assist and one steal in 26 minutes against the 76ers on Friday.

The Knicks obviously took advantage of a favorable matchup. Williams is likely going to start the rest of the way with Kristaps Porzingis (shoulder) not having a timetable to return and not warming up for games.
Apr 8 - 11:33 PM

Derrick Williams made his fourth straight start for Kristaps Porzingis (shoulder) on Wednesday and had 17 points, 10 boards, one assist and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes of action.

Porzingis didn't practice on Tuesday and the Knicks are going to be ultra-cautious with him, considering they only have three meaningless games left on the schedule. Williams has a good chance to start the rest of the way, making him a worthy streaming option or DFS play.
Apr 6 - 11:06 PM

Derrick Williams made another start for Kristaps Porzingis (shoulder) on Friday, scoring 16 points with one rebound, one assist and four 3-pointers in 24 minutes.

He was on fire during the the first half and has now turned in two consecutive solid games as a starter. Williams could be an option in DFS or for points leagues, but he's not a multiple-category guy to use in standard leagues.
Apr 1 - 10:11 PM

Derrick Williams finished Wednesday's tough road loss with 15 points (5-of-8 FGs, 5-of-6 FTs), eight rebounds and two assists, playing 35 minutes as a starter.

He started in place of Kristaps Porzingis (shoulder), who is scheduled to have an MRI. That's enough incentive to speculatively add Williams in deeper leagues, but most owners can simply keep an eye on the Knicks' injury report. Kyle O'Quinn and Robin Lopez should also see a mild boost if KP's injury costs him more games.
Mar 30 - 11:48 PM

Derrick Williams will start for Kristaps Porzingis (shoulder) against the Mavs on Wednesday.

He hasn't been very effective in his starts, averaging 9.0 points, 3.7 boards, 0.9 assists, 1.5 steals and 0.5 blocks. Williams is only worth a look for a desperation stream and is more of a tourney-only option for DFS.
Mar 30 - 7:08 PM

Derrick Williams made a fill-in start for the Knicks on Sunday, posting eight points (3-of-10 FGs, 2-of-6 FTs) with nine rebounds, one assist, two steals and one block.

Kristaps Porzingis was a late scratch with a stomach illness, thrusting Williams into a 32-minute role with the starting unit. Even if Williams gets another start on Wednesday, his 43.7 percent shooting and typical lack of defensive stats make him a very shaky option.
Mar 14 - 12:33 AM

Derrick Williams will start Sunday's game with Kristaps Porzingis (illness) unavailable.

With Lance Thomas (knee) also unavailable there should be plenty of minutes available for Williams, who gets a nice matchup vs. the Lakers. He's worth a look for opportunistic streaming value, though he struggled in his lone start this season, with 10 points with three boards in 19 minutes.
Mar 13 - 8:29 PM

Derrick Williams hit 5-of-10 shots and three 3-pointers in 21 minutes for 15 points, four rebounds and three assists off the bench on Tuesday.

With Lance Thomas (knee) and Kristaps Porzingis (leg) banged up, Williams could be even better than this against the Suns on Wednesday. Thomas sat this one out, while Porzingis played just 20 minutes and may sit out tomorrow due to the back-to-back situation. If that happens, Williams should be a pretty cheap source of stats in DFS on Wednesday.
Mar 8 - 11:53 PM

Derrick Williams will come off the bench on Tuesday vs. the Nuggets.

Kristaps Porzingis (leg) is back in the lineup and his injury isn't serious, so Williams isn't worth owning in most leagues. Williams started on Sunday and had 10 points with three boards in 19 minutes.
Mar 8 - 9:12 PM

Derrick Williams admitted that he's more frustrated about losing than his low minutes in New York.

"I don’t think I’m frustrated because I’m not playing," Williams said. "I’m frustrated because we’re losing. Granted, we all want to play more. That doesn’t mean we’re going to win. For sure I’m frustrated. I want to go out there and play more. I want to win. That’s the main thing." Williams started on Saturday and had 10 points with three boards in 19 minutes, but Kristaps Porzingis (leg) is day-to-day which means there is no long-term appeal to adding him in most formats.
Mar 6 - 11:07 AM

Derrick Williams scored 10 points in a start against the Pistons on Saturday with three rebounds and one steal in 19 minutes.

This was his first start of the season and it might have been due to the matchup. Kristaps Porzingis (leg) did not play in this game due to a leg contusion, but he's only day-to-day. Williams could be looking at more minutes going forward, but his upside isn't very appealing.
Mar 5 - 9:37 PM

Derrick Williams will start at power forward against the Pistons on Saturday in place of Kristaps Porzingis (leg).

The Knicks will go with a smaller lineup against Tobias Harris. Williams is a hit-or-miss guy, but he may get minutes over 20 tonight. Expect to see some Kyle O'Quinn and Lance Thomas getting minutes as the four, as well.
Mar 5 - 6:17 PM

Derrick Williams was quiet in 13 minutes on Sunday, scoring six points (1-of-4 FGs, 4-of-6 FTs) with three rebounds and one turnover.

Williams didn't have any assists, steals or blocks, and failed to capitalize on the absence of Lance Thomas (concussion). He's only worth a look if Carmelo Anthony misses extended time, and even then there are no guarantees -- New York started Langston Galloway in a small lineup the last time Melo was out.
Feb 7 - 4:31 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Jose Calderon
2Langston Galloway
3Jerian Grant
4Tony Wroten
SG1Arron Afflalo
2Sasha Vujacic
SF1Carmelo Anthony
2Lance Thomas
3Cleanthony Early
PF1Kristaps Porzingis
2Derrick Williams
C1Robin Lopez
2Kyle O'Quinn
3Kevin Seraphin
4Lou Amundson