This feels like a question we've asked ourselves a million times, but it never seems to go away. Has Derrick Williams' opportunity for extended playing time helped his case for a solid future in the league?
Today, ESPN Insider Kevin Pelton listed the No. 2 overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft as a "buy-low" trade candidate who might be worth a look. Williams has been fairly average thus far in his brief pro career -- not terrible by any means, as his 14.03 PER indicates -- yet his trade value remains enticingly low. Might a team out there be willing to give the Timberwolves what they want in order to take Williams off their hands? That remains to be seen.
According to Pelton, though, it's a gamble that could very well pay off.
"Williams has had his moments filling in for the injured Kevin Love at power forward this season. Overall, though, he hasn't made the kind of leap expected from a 21-year-old who was the No. 2 overall pick less than two years ago. Williams has had a tough time negotiating shot-blockers and is making just 55.7 percent of his attempts at the rim, per Hoopdata.com (league average is 64.5 percent). Maybe he's the rare tweener who is actually more comfortable and effective as a small forward. With Andrei Kirilenko entrenched there in Minnesota, it's going to take a trade to find out. I'm still convinced Williams is too talented not to make an impact in the NBA."