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Derrick Williams | Forward

Team: New York Knicks
Age / DOB:  (24) / 5/25/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'8' / 240
College: Arizona
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Phil Jackson believes Derrick Williams has "considerable upside."
"He runs, finishes in early-offense situations and has the strength to finish in a crowd when he attacks the rim from the wing," Jackson said. "He's working on his 3-point shooting and his intermediate game. I also think he can play power forward against certain opponents." Jackson also pointed to a failure in Williams' player development as a major reason he hasn't reached his potential. While that might be true, it's hard to see Williams suddenly blossoming into a completely new player at this stage of his career. Aug 24 - 1:09 PM
Source: ESPN

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Kings' head coach George Karl said Derrick Williams could be a nice fit in the triangle offense.

"Derrick is a young player — people don’t understand he’s 24,’’ Karl said of Williams. "I think he has a tremendous upside of learning. I think he’s caught between a 4 and a 3, but the triangle can be good for him. He has explosive athletic talent. He’s big, strong, can run and score. We liked him. We would’ve liked him back on our roster.’’ Karl added that the Kings wanted to retain Williams, but the Knicks offer of two-years, $10 million was simply too rich for their blood. Williams is extremely athletic, but in his four years in the league, he's never really been able to emerge as a viable asset in standard leagues.
Jul 16 - 3:59 PM

Derrick Williams officially signed with the Knicks on Thursday.

Williams is very athletic, but he's just never really been able to show up on the stat sheet in a meaningful way. He'll have the opportunity to earn a steady role with the Knicks, but he won't be worth drafting in standard leagues.
Jul 9 - 3:45 PM

The Knicks have reportedly come to an agreement with Derrick Williams on a two-year, $10 million deal.

The Knicks are grasping at straws hoping that Williams can contribute meaningfully at the NBA level. Outside of dunks and the occasional 3-pointer, Williams struggles across the board at every other aspect of the game. Even if he was granted significant minutes in New York, he should not be on the radar in standard leagues.
Jul 3 - 10:48 PM

The Knicks are meeting with unrestricted free agent Derrick Williams on Friday.

The Knicks still have $8 million let to spend and they could use another forward. Williams played both forward spots for the Kings last season and would likely be in a similar role. The Rockets, Lakers and Heat could look at Williams, as well.
Jul 3 - 11:54 AM

Derrick Williams will reportedly receive interest from the Kings, Wizards, Rockets, Lakers, Heat, Suns and Knicks as an unrestricted free agent.

The Knicks would be an interesting fit, and New York would give him the most opportunity to produce from a fantasy perspective. Although, for Williams opportunity doesn't necessarily translate to fantasy value. Regardless of where he lands, he's not going to be worth drafting in standard fantasy leagues.
Jun 30 - 6:12 PM

The Kings will not extend a qualifying offer to Derrick Williams, making him an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

Williams will likely be able to land a minimum-level deal with another NBA team, but with career-averages of just 9.3 points and 4.3 rebounds per game on 42.9 percent shooting from the field, he's a pretty irrelevant name in standard fantasy leagues.
Jun 30 - 2:59 PM

The Kings have expressed interest in restricted free agent Derrick Williams.

The Kings are likely going to be after some backcourt help first. Like fellow D-Will, both Deron and Derrick Williams could use a change of scenery to help their careers. Derrick is unlikely to have much fantasy value regardless.
Jun 29 - 4:16 PM

Derrick Williams finished out the season on a high note, scoring 22 points on 9-of-16 shooting with six boards, three assists and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

When you lose DeMarcus Cousins, Rudy Gay, Darren Collison and Omri Casspi to injury, someone has to step up in their absence. Williams was phenomenal tonight and head coach George Karl has to be pretty pleased with his play since he compared him to a vending machine. Jason Thompson contributed 12 points with seven rebounds and two assists while Ray McCallum chipped in 19 points, six assists, four boards and three steals.
Apr 16 - 1:40 AM

Derrick Williams scored a season-high 20 points on 6-of-12 shooting with just one rebound to go with two assists and a steal in 29 minutes off the bench on Monday.

Once again Williams got out-rebounded by a Coke machine but he's pretty much the only few able-bodied guys that can play significant minutes in the frontcourt. By now you know what to expect and he's a good bet to put up similar numbers on Wednesday in Los Angeles against the Lakers.
Apr 14 - 4:40 AM

Derrick Williams made his sixth start of the season on Sunday, posting 13 points (4-of-11 FGs, 5-of-5 FTs), three rebounds, two assists and three steals in 29 minutes vs. Denver.

D-Will's potential is tantalizing but coach George Karl has lamented his inconsistent play, so it's doubtful the Kings will give him a hefty $8.3 million qualifying offer this summer. Nevertheless, he's a solid option with two games remaining and both DeMarcus Cousins (foot) and Rudy Gay (concussion) out of commission.
Apr 12 - 7:36 PM

Derrick Williams will start at power forward against the Nuggets on Sunday.

Coach George Karl said it is a matchup move against the smaller, faster Nuggets. Williams was already performing well off the bench in his last three, averaging 16.3 points, 6.3 boards, 1.0 steals, 0.3 blocks and 1.0 treys on 47.4 percent from the field in 28.8 minutes per game. He's worth owning in all standard leagues due to the high usage rate and possible increase in playing time.
Apr 11 - 3:45 PM

Derrick Williams scored 17 points on 5-of-15 shooting with six rebounds and no steals or blocks in 26 minutes on Friday against the Thunder.

Thunder fans should be scared after seeing this Kings team stay in the game all night, let alone letting Williams score 17 points. The front office has tried to help Williams make good on their unwavering support, but they're on their way out and his recent playing time has been more about being a healthy body than anything else. This is his high water mark.
Apr 11 - 2:56 AM

Derrick Williams came off the bench to hit 5-of-11 shots and three 3-pointers for 14 points, five rebounds and three steals on Wednesday.

With Rudy Gay and DeMarcus Cousins both possibly done for the season, Williams is going to see solid run the rest of the way. But we'd rather pick up Omri Casspi or Jason Thompson before settling for Williams.
Apr 9 - 12:07 AM

Derrick Williams led the Kings' second unit with 18 points on 8-of-12 shooting vs. the Wolves, adding eight rebounds, one assist and one block in 31 minutes.

George Karl suggested after Sunday's game that D-Will would have been out-rebounded by "a coke machine." He followed that up with more criticism on Tuesday, telling reporters, "I think coaches get frustrated with players that have off-the-chart type talent, but you don't get it every night." Williams seems to have received the message and he's an intriguing temporary pickup with DeMarcus Cousins (foot) doubtful for Wednesday's game.
Apr 8 - 12:42 AM

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