Why Kanter is a better pick than Williams 

June, 11, 2011

Derrick WilliamsKevork Djansezian/Getty ImagesDerrick Williams' tweener status is troubling to some NBA personnel people.
No one will argue with the assertion that the 2011 draft pool is on the weaker side. Still, while the NBA rookie scale is the envy of the other major leagues, the idea of taking a lottery pick is generally to try to get a starter, or even a potential star. Some teams make picks based on fit more than rating, but some players at the same position (or close to the same position) seem to me to project as far better NBA players than others. With a tip of the cap to the "Eat This, Not That" folks, let me introduce "Pick This, Not That" for the 2011 NBA draft:

Pick Enes Kanter, not Derrick Williams

Derrick Williams: Williams is the classic tweener who keeps telling people he is a 3, when all he has ever played is the 4. If we are going to judge Williams as a 3, then his ballhandling is suspect, most of his jumpers came on spot-ups while being guarded by college big men, and he has never guarded on the perimeter.