Consistent Minutes Helping Derrick Williams
Despite all that, Williams knows the injury to Love provides him with a great opportunity, and despite his per-game averages, Williams has had a few games that have shown flashes of how good he can really be when given big minutes. Rest assured, he’s doing everything he can to be that guy rather than the middle-class player that he was in his rookie season.
“It can be difficult,” Williams said. “Some nights you have it and some nights you don’t. I feel like my minutes have been pretty consistent, and that’s allowed me to be successful.”
He’s scored in double figures three of his last five games, which is a start, but the Timberwolves and head coach Rick Adelman would like to see that happen more consistently. In the other two games, Williams scored only six points total. That kind of inconsistency simply can’t happen, and that’s what Williams is working on correcting.
“I’ve been working hard in practice and just playing the best I can play,” Williams said. “I just want to win. It’s not ever about me. It’s always about the team’s success. I do whatever coach and my teammates need me to do.”