Slim, aggressive Williams opens Wolves' eyes and minds

  • Article by: JERRY ZGODA , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 3, 2012 - 1:31 PM

Wolves coaches were pleased to see the forward's new body and assertiveness.

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gsacksOct. 3, 12 9:35 AM

The wolves can be really good this season, but there are still so many things that need to fall into place. Rubio's recovery from the ACL. Roy's knees. Kirelinko's return to the NBA (and injury history), William's living up to his potential, Shved adjusting, Steimsma's feet, Pek's ankle. You can go down the entire roster and every guy has question mark issues except Love.

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manoliveOct. 3, 12 9:57 AM

This team will destroy lesser competition. Watch out! The Wolves are coming for you!

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frnorthOct. 3, 1210:25 AM

I think the West will shake out like this: 1) Oklahoma City Thunder 2) Los Angeles Lakers 3) San Antonio Spurs 4) Los Angeles Clippers 5) Memphis Grizzlies 6) Denver Nuggets 7) Minnesota Timberwolves 8) Utah Jazz Bounced by the Lakers in the first round.

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srstormguyOct. 3, 1210:55 AM

It would be great if D.Williams can contribute this year. You can tell by their off-season moves that they are not counting on him much. I like that Brandon Roy has already taken an interest in Williams and is encouraging him. An All-Star veteran can be a huge influence in a young players life and that is what the T-Wolves have been missing the past decade. If Williams can respond and live up to his #2 overall pick status, the Wolves are really going to be fun to watch. You need that 2nd team coming off the bench to be strong and contribute. Adelman will give you playing time if you contribute and understand his system. It sounds like he has to adopt a more aggressive attitude when he's on the floor.

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rdubbs2121Oct. 3, 1212:13 PM

If Derrick Williams is a big time contributor this year, like we all know he can be, forget about 7th or 8th, the Wolves should be shooting for the 3 or 4 spot in the West. They have a superstar, a phenomenal coach, veteran leadership, and a lot of talent. There's absolutely nothing holding this team back. Once Rubio returns from injury, they are going to be very difficult to beat.

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snoozecruiseOct. 3, 1212:39 PM

Williams is flat out freakish around the basket. If he has a mid range shot and a semi-decent longer shot, he could really be, as Adelman says, unstoppable. I was surprised that so many fans were ready to dump him after his rookie season. He can score with either hand at the rim, which is definitely what the Wolves need.

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snoozecruiseOct. 3, 1212:43 PM

rdubbs, I think frnorth's prediction is more likely. What you are suggesting could happen next year when Rubio is 100%, and with Williams having another year under his belt.

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shadjcOct. 3, 12 1:08 PM

For those of you that didn't see D-Will play in the summer league this year, I can tell you that he was very dominant! Granted, he's playing against other 1st and 2nd year guys, but that did include all the top draft picks from the latest draft. D-Will was clearly a man among boys this year. That was a very big difference from the previous year's summer league, where he didn't stand out at all. Watching this last summer, it appears that he has definitely re-tooled his body. Seems to be much quicker and it was very obvious that he can get up in the air much quicker/higher. They would isolate him and no one had an answer for stopping him from driving to the hole! I don't know how many free throws he shot, but it had to far more than anyone playing this summer! He also shot well from outside the arc. Granted again, it was summer league, but all you can do is compare his first year to this last summer, and I can tell you that there was a major difference! Remember the leap K-Love made between his rookie and 2nd year? His rookie year he couldn't even get his shot off down on the block and really didn't shoot 3's. By year two he was already starting to become a dominant power forward! I, like many T-Wolves fans, was pretty disappointed in D-Will last year. I definitely think we'll see some great things from him this year!

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shadjcOct. 3, 12 1:28 PM

I actually think we're gong to be very tough, even before Rubio returns. Last year when Rick went down, all we had to go to was Ridnour (small, but solid back-up point guard) and an injured Barea (small back-up change of pace guy point/shooting guard), no true shooting guard, no true small forward, no legitimate back-up for Peck, especially once his ankles started hurting, and a crapping locker room attitude. This year, even before we get Ricky back, we have a lot more talent and overall depth and what appears to be a much better overall attitude. Plus, Adleman will get to finally install his offense and work with the players! Our options, even before Ricky is back are: PG - Barea (finally healthy), Ridnour SG - Roy, Shved, Lee SF - Kirilenko, D-Will, Budinger PF - Love, Cunningham C- Pek, Stiemsma, Amundson Once we get Ricky back, look out!

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manoliveOct. 4, 12 9:30 AM

I actually think Shved should be the starting PG. He's a lights out shooter, he has much better size than Luke or JJ, he already has chemistry with AK47, and he's a Russian Rubio. He's a starter and Luke and JJ are backups at best. Put him next to BRoy and watch the fireworks explode!

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