Derrick Williams, the former-star with the Arizona Wildcats, has struggled to find a role in the NBA after being selected No. 2 overall last summer, but that did not stop him from having a huge night on Tuesday against the Clippers, a team he rooted for growing up. The current Minnesota Timberwolves sixth man led his team to a huge road win and missed just one shot all game.
When all was said and done, Williams finished with 27 points in just 28 minutes and recorded a +/- number of +22 for his team. The former-Wildcat shot 9-for-10 from the field and hit all four of his shots from behind the arc. He also grabbed five rebounds and blocked a shot.
So what does this mean going forward?
Williams certainly impressed his coaches on Tuesday and you have to think his efficient scoring outburst will garner him a few more minutes along the way. Regardless of his production through the end of the season, you have to feel good for the kid after playing so well in front of many family members and friends. There are few nicer guys in the NBA than Williams and it's always great to see him succeed after doing so much for the University of Arizona.
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