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Williams (finally) living up to No. 2 pick hype

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08:08 AM ET 03.01 | At long last, Timberwolves forward Derrick Williams is rising. [Williams] returned home to Los Angeles for Thursday's game against the Lakers not exactly a changed man but feeling differently for sure. "Just more confident really," he said. His statistics in his past five games -- 18.8 points and 10.6 rebounds -- tell part of the story. Coach Rick Adelman's decision to draw up a potential game-winning play for him on Tuesday in Phoenix suggests Williams has earned a little more trust. Williams was one of two options on a play that ended with Alexey Shved missing a driving layup near the overtime buzzer. Until recently, Williams struggled to find his way -- and earn Adelman's faith -- in a league where No. 2 overall picks are expected to do so much more from their first day.

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March 1, 2013  08:32 AM ET

bout time

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March 1, 2013  09:32 AM ET

Playing For A Contract,, Bro?

March 1, 2013  10:43 AM ET
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Don't worry, there are more #2 and 3 bust in the NBA.

Michael Beasley supports this statement

March 1, 2013  11:02 AM ET

He will be ok. Some players that were dominant in college take a little bit longer to adjust to the NBA game. Also he is a tweener so he will have to earn minutes behind AK47 and Love. If he gets good enough Minny could move AK47 to SG and let him start at SF

March 1, 2013  11:48 AM ET

It was ugly last night -- the Wolves could not match up with the Lakers. They had Ridnour guarding World Peace.

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March 1, 2013  01:32 PM ET
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..and it shows how poorly run Sacramento is for trading Robinson, they're top pick, so fast

I feel like this would have been a more appropriate trade for the NBA to veto.

There is no logical explanation that I have heard to make this move. The only thing I can think of is the Kings found out Thomas Robinson supports Al-Qaeda or was involved in the Teo hoax...

March 1, 2013  01:33 PM ET
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There's also Thabeet and Darko...

Shawn "He Stole My Bike" Bradley

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March 1, 2013  02:00 PM ET
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I feel like this would have been a more appropriate trade for the NBA to veto.There is no logical explanation that I have heard to make this move. The only thing I can think of is the Kings found out Thomas Robinson supports Al-Qaeda or was involved in the Teo hoax...

It was a salary cap move but I think it says they were not that high on Robinson but they couldn't pick another guard or wing on that squad. I think this will come back to hurt them but this draft was not thought to be deepest. They basically said we believe Robinson is on Patterson's level and probaly not much better. We will see a few years from now.

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