Derrick Williams appeared at the NBA combine in May adamant he was the best player in the draft and deserved to be selected No. 1 overall. Eight months later, he's happy to be part of the Minnesota Timberwolves.
"No. 1 and No. 2 are virtually the same," Williams said. "I think this draft was more of what each team needed. Before there was a clear-cut No. 1 pick like John Wall, Blake Griffin, LeBron and all these guys. This year's draft was about additions to teams that were already pretty good and just trying to win more games than last year."
The Cavs and Timberwolves, who held the top two picks, won a combined 36 games last season.
Since the Cavs didn't tell Kyrie Irving or his agent they were selecting him No. 1, Williams is convinced they didn't know what they wanted to do until the draft began.
"They told my agent two minutes before the draft was about to start that they were going to take Kyrie," Williams said. "Virtually, they didn't know who they were going to pick until the last two minutes before the clock was ticking. Most of the time it's clear-cut, but they picked who they picked. I'm glad I'm here."
Cavs coach Byron Scott said the Cavs passed on Williams in part because they didn't know where he fit.
"I just didn't know what position to say he is," Scott said. "His workouts for us were OK. I still think he's one of those guys who will be in the league for a long time and average 15 to 17 points a game. But at that time, with that No. 1 pick, what we really needed was a point guard."
Derrick Williams not upset Cavs didn't select him No. 1 overall in draft
Akron Beacon Journal | Jan 7