Derrick Williams: ‘I’m The Best Player In This Draft’

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) -– The Minnesota Timberwolves will evaluate its draft picks next week and there is a chance that Arizona’s Derrick Williams could find himself on the team.

Despite the Timberwolves’ checkered history, Williams is eager to play for the team, which he finds familiar.

“I like the situation,” Williams said. “I already know some guys on the team. I work out with Mike Beasley and Wes Johnson.”

When Williams played at Arizona, he was Derrick the Great. There is a good chance the Timberwolves will select the 6-foot 8-inch forward with the second overall pick in the NBA draft.

If Williams does join up with the Timberwolves, he hopes to help them dig out of their rut.

“That’s the main goal,” he said. “I just want to be an impact player and just try and win more games.”

A few weeks ago, Williams said that he was the best player in the upcoming draft. That may sound like an arrogant statement, but in the ultra-competitive NBA, one has to show confidence.

“If I say I’m not [the best], it just shows lack of confidence,” Williams said. “I never lack confidence, never have.”

Of course, Williams’ hoop dreams could be derailed by a long and acrimonious NBA lockout. Williams, however, is not worried about that.

“I have no concerns,” he said. “There is just going to be more time for me to work out.”


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