Why Kanter is a better pick than Williams
No one will argue with the assertion that the 2011 draft pool is on the weaker side. Still, while the NBA rookie scale is the envy of the other major leagues, the idea of taking a lottery pick is generally to try to get a starter, or even a potential star. Some teams make picks based on fit more than rating, but some players at the same position (or close to the same position) seem to me to project as far better NBA players than others. With a tip of the cap to the "Eat This, Not That" folks, let me introduce "Pick This, Not That" for the 2011 NBA draft:
Pick Enes Kanter, not Derrick Williams
Derrick Williams: Williams is the classic tweener who keeps telling people he is a 3, when all he has ever played is the 4. If we are going to judge Williams as a 3, then his ballhandling is suspect, most of his jumpers came on spot-ups while being guarded by college big men, and he has never guarded on the perimeter.
One high-level NBA team executive told me after reading my Big Board that Williams "might not even really be a starter in the league, because he has no position and no real low-post game." All reports are that he is a fantastic person with a solid work ethic, but unless his team is committed to playing fast and playing with a pass-first point guard (as Cleveland and Minnesota likely would), Williams might get lost in half-court sets where his lack of defined skill becomes apparent.
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