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Derrick Williams is the real deal

Updated: December 23, 2010, 3:00 PM ET
By David Thorpe

Every year there is so much draft talk about the battle between potential and production. NBA teams, in a perfect world, would draft players that have both, and preferably when they are still young.

Think about the majority of top picks each year. Derrick Rose, John Wall, Blake Griffin, Tyreke Evans, Michael Beasley, Kevin Durant, Greg Oden -- all those guys had great potential, to be sure, but they also put up big numbers and had great success in college.

Then consider some other draft picks, guys like DeMar DeRozan, Austin Daye and Xavier Henry -- all super talents who were not quite the production monsters those other guys were. Consequently, they fell out of the top-six range of the draft, though were still drafted high because of their youth and upside.

So what player in this draft stands out as a guy already producing but still flaunts big-time potential? Look no further than last season's freshman of the year in the Pac-10, Arizona's Derrick Williams, who's looking to play his way into the lottery.

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