Does Williams have a Position in the NBA?
You couldn’t really argue when watching (Derrick) Williams look slow and lost while trying to defend the position. Derrick was told at season’s end to go home and lose some weight.
He doesn’t exactly have the look of a prison camp survivor, as did (Kevin) Love a year ago, but you can notice the missing 15 to 20 pounds watching Williams in the Las Vegas Summer League.
Plus, he had septum surgery, which means he’s going to enter his second NBA season carrying less bulk and breathing easier. He should be applauded for that, yet it sounds as if (Rick) Adelman continues to disdain the idea of Williams as the forward opposite Love.
The gentlemen telecasting Tuesday night’s summer game said they had asked Adelman if Williams could play the “3,” and the coach harrumphed: “He never has before.”
Right now, it would be rash to make the following claim about Wes Johnson, but I do know this: A coaching legend should be embarrassed if he can’t fit Derrick Williams into his team and turn the 21-year-old into a productive NBA player.