Derrick Williams Entering the Draft

Well, we finally know the decision of the potential top pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, as Arizona’s Derrick Williams has officially declared for the draft and will hire an agent.

We all thought there was an outside chance that Williams might return to Arizona, which probably would have made them a Top 5 team next season.

But in the end, the fact of the matter is that he could be the top overall pick in June, and that’s something very few players can pass up.

As we’ve talked about plenty of times before, many feel like this is one of the weaker draft classes in recent years.

That’ll mean nothing to Williams though if NBA commissioner David Stern calls his name as the first pick in the draft. We can speculate all we want as to the depth of this upcoming draft, but until players get aligned with their new team, and see how they fit in with that team, we really don’t know how they are going to pan out.

Williams isn’t guaranteed to be a star, and the 48th pick in the draft isn’t guaranteed to be a bust. It all depends on the situation.

With Jared Sullinger and Perry Jones staying in school, Williams looks to have the best chance to land that top spot. Kyrie Irving will be a challenge for it as well, but if we look at things as they stand right now, Williams is likely gonna be the number one pick.

He has all the skills to succeed as the next level, and I think he’ll turn out to be a very good pro.

Regardless of which team he joins, in the NBA, if you’ve got the skill, you’ll find a way to stand out. Whether your team wins 60 games or 20 games, if you are a great player, you can make an impact.

We’ll see where Williams goes, but I don’t think there’s any doubt that he’s a top three pick.

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  • Jay

    Everyone keeps talking about how the younger talent in this draft class is opting to stay because of a potential lockout. I think what they fail to realize is that these guys will technically be on pro rosters, able to train with pro players, trainers, etc. OUTSIDE the ‘official’ NBA practices that are closed off during a lockout.

    People need to stop focusing on the benefit of in-game experience for these young guys as a reason to stay in school in the face of a lockout. Williams is the PERFECT example: he has the tools, had the coming out party in the tourney, and will improve vastly just by jumping into the pros, even if the season is shortened. (Salary/contracts is a different story that I’m not trying to comment on here.)

    If you’re passionate about something, you’ll find a way to improve even if it’s not officially at work. And you improve by surrounding yourself with people better than you.

  • Blake Lovell

    Great points, Jay. I think sometimes we’re quick to think it’s all about the money, and that’s the lockout could scare some of these potential prospects away from the NBA right now.

    But there is such thing as a kid simply wanting to stay in school and enjoy the college experience.

    Like you said, the lockout part of all of this is getting overplayed a little too much. While that certainly plays a role, I don’t think it’s the main focus of the players making the decision.