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Derrick Williams | Forward | #22

Team: Miami Heat
Age / DOB:  (25) / 5/25/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'8' / 240
College: Arizona
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 1 (2) / MIN
Contract: view contract details

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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

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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

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

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