MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Timberwolves have moved on to evaluation time, as in what will this team look like next year?

One question that needs to be answered is what can they expect from Derrick Williams in his second year? That might be decided in the next five months, before the Timberwolves hit the floor for the 2012-13 season.

He may be the key to the Timberwolves future if you assume Love and Rubio are good for the long haul. Then Derrick Williams is the X-factor. so far, the jury is still out.

“He’s had his moments, but I think the biggest thing is we would like to see him be much more consistent game in and game out,” said Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman.

That is what he’s learned, that his effort had to be a constant.

“Basically it’s just playing every game as hard as you can,” Williams said. “I think a lot of rookies learn that, and especially myself.”

The biggest season for Williams might not be what’s happened the last few months, but rather what’s about to happen in his first offseason in the NBA.

So now he knows. He knows the NBA after one season and knows what he needs to work on.

“He’s like a lot of rookies. He just hasn’t had it and I think not being able to do anything over the summer, not even seeing him until we started, that probably had something to do with it. This summer is going to be a big one for him,” Adelman said.

That’s the goal: To take a leap because of what he does in the summer heat.

“I think a lot of people have confidence in me to get a lot better. I think my potential is I could be a pretty good player, so this offseason is really big for me,” Williams said.


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