Derrick Williams' big statement
In the year of the little guy (Kemba, Kyrie), Arizona forward has become elite
Based on what we've seen so far this season, it would be really easy for me to tout 2010-11 as the year of the little guy.
First there was Kemba Walker dropping a spectacular performance in Maui, one that lifted Connecticut from unranked to the top 10 in the span of a few days. Not to be outdone, Duke freshman Kyrie Irving has been amazing in his own right, up to and including his masterful 31-point performance against Michigan State in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Xavier guard Tu Holloway is also playing absolutely out of his mind.
Walker, Irving, and Holloway are all listed between 6 feet and 6-foot-2, and they've all been magnificent. In a normal season any player of the year discussion would start and end with performances like these. But this hasn't been a normal season. In this year of the little guy there's a big man who, so far, has outperformed all those pesky little guards. If he can keep it up, he'll have rewritten our expectations for what a featured big man can do for his team.
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John Gasaway has written for Basketball Prospectus since its inception in 2007. His college hoops commentary appears weekly on ESPN Insider. John's writing has also appeared at SportsIllustrated.com, as well as in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and Playboy.