Derrick Williams (basketball)
|No. 23 – New York Knicks|
May 25, 1991 |
La Mirada, California
|Listed height||6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)|
|Listed weight||240 lb (109 kg)|
|High school||La Mirada (La Mirada, California)|
|NBA draft||2011 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2nd overall|
|Selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves|
|2015–present||New York Knicks|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Derrick LeRon Williams (born May 25, 1991) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was considered one of the top prospects for the 2011 NBA draft before being selected with the second overall pick by the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Freshman year honors:
- Fred Enke Most Outstanding Player (Team co-MVP)
- All-Pac-10 first team
Williams rose to national prominence in his sophomore year. He averaged 19.5 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. During the 2011 season, Williams led the NCAA in True Shooting percentage (.690) and Effective Field Goal percentage (.650), helping lead the Arizona Wildcats basketball team to a regular season PAC-10 championship. Williams was named the Pac-10 Player of the Year.
Williams also contributed to the Wildcats' run in the NCAA men's basketball tournament. He made a critical block with less than 2 seconds against Memphis. He had a 3 point play against the Texas Longhorns, which advanced the Wildcats to the Sweet 16 of the 2011 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. Williams then had a career high 32 points along with 13 rebounds to lead Arizona in an upset victory over the #1-seeded Duke by a 16 point margin to advance into the Elite Eight, where they fell 65–63 to the future NCAA tournament champion, Connecticut. At the end of the season he was projected to be one of the top picks for the upcoming NBA draft.
Sophomore year honors:
- Pac-10 Player of the Year
- All-Pac-10 first team
- Three time Pac-10 Player of the Week
- USBWA District IX Player of the Year
- Wooden Award's 10-player All-America team in 2011
- First-team All-American by Sports Illustrated
- Second-team by the Associated Press in 2011.
- Second-team by Sporting News
- Second-team by the United States Basketball Writers Association
- Second-team by the National Association of Basketball Coaches
- Second-team by Fox Sports.
Minnesota Timberwolves (2011–2013)
Williams announced that he would declare for the NBA draft on April 13, 2011. He was selected with the second overall pick by the Timberwolves in the 2011 NBA draft. During the NBA lockout of 2011, Derrick spent the summer at the University of Arizona taking summer classes to finish his degree. Shortly after the draft, Under Armour signed an endorsement deal with Derrick Williams. Derrick joined several other notable NBA players for an exhibition game in the Philippines during the summer of 2011.
Williams participated in the 2012 Rising Stars Challenge along with teammate Ricky Rubio. However, Williams played for Team Chuck, while Rubio played for Team Shaq. Williams also participated in the 2012 NBA All-Star Weekend Slam Dunk Contest.
Williams scored a season high 27 points on February 28, 2012 in a win over the Los Angeles Clippers. He made 9 of 10 shots from the field and 4 of 4 from three-point range. He led the Timberwolves to victory over the New Orleans Hornets with what was then a career-high 28 points on March 17, 2013.
Sacramento Kings (2013–2015)
On November 26, 2013, Williams was traded to the Sacramento Kings for forward Luc Mbah a Moute. He made his debut on November 29, 2013, finishing with 12 points (on 6-for-13 shooting), six rebounds and four assists in a 104-96 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. On December 9, 2013, Williams scored a career-high 31 points in a victory over the Dallas Mavericks.
New York Knicks (2015–present)
On July 9, 2015, Williams signed with the New York Knicks. He made his debut for the Knicks in the team's season opener against the Milwaukee Bucks on October 28, scoring a game-high 24 points in a 122–97 win.
NBA career statistics
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|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
- "Derrick Williams". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved November 18, 2012.
- "Sports Now". Los Angeles Times.
- Derrick Williams Named Freshman All-America. Arizonawildcats.com (2010-03-30). Retrieved on 2012-07-09.
- Bryan Roy (2010-03-08). Derrick Williams wins Pac-10 Freshman of Year. Wildcat.arizona.edu. Retrieved on 2012-07-09.
- Arizona Daily Wildcat – Williams named Pac-10 Player of the Year. Wildcat.arizona.edu (2011-03-07). Retrieved on 2012-07-09.
- Tigers replay: Derrick Williams' block sealed Memphis' fate. Commercialappeal.com (2011-03-19). Retrieved on 2012-07-09.
- Arizona vs. Texas: Wildcats Advance, Defeating Longhorns 70–69 – SB Nation Arizona. Arizona.sbnation.com. Retrieved on 2012-07-09.
- "Williams, Arizona trash defending champ Duke". USA Today. March 25, 2011.
- "Walker gets help, UConn edges Arizona for spot in Final Four". USA Today. March 27, 2011.
- Williams Named Pac-10 Player of the Week. Sophomore forward claims honor for third time this season. arizonawildcats.com (2011-02-21).
- Williams Earns District Player-of-the-Year Kudos from USBWA – University of Arizona Wildcats Official Athletic Site. Arizonawildcats.com (2011-03-11). Retrieved on 2012-07-09.
- Wooden Award. Wooden Award. Retrieved on 2012-07-09.
- "BYU's Fredette headlines SI.com's national awards, All-Americas". CNN. March 9, 2011.
- Arizona Basketball: Honors continue to pour in for Williams. Azstarnet.com (2011-03-31). Retrieved on 2012-07-09.
- Jimmer Fredette named Sporting News' 2011 College Basketball Player of the Year – NCAA Basketball – Sporting News. Aol.sportingnews.com (2011-03-22). Retrieved on 2012-07-09.
- USBWA > News > Men's All-America Team. Sportswriters.net (2011-03-14). Retrieved on 2012-07-09.
- Williams an NABC All-American – University of Arizona Wildcats Official Athletic Site. Arizonawildcats.com (2011-04-03). Retrieved on 2012-07-09.
- Goodman, Jeff (Mar 7, 2011). "Goodman's 2010–11 All-America teams". Fox Sports (Fox Sports Interactive Media). Retrieved June 21, 2011.
- "Derrick Williams Yahoo Player Profile". 2011-05-19.
- Derrick Williams Declares for NBA Draft – University of Arizona Wildcats Official Athletic Site. Arizonawildcats.com (2011-04-13). Retrieved on 2012-07-09.
- Finley, Patrick. (2011-07-14) Derrick Williams in Tucson during NBA lockout. Azcentral.com. Retrieved on 2012-07-09.
- EXCLUSIVE: Derrick Williams Speaks on Joining the Under Armour Family. Slam Online (2011-07-20). Retrieved on 2012-07-09.
- Kobe Bryant: NBA vs. PBA All-Star Game Is Kobe's Playground in This Clip. Bleacher Report (2011-07-23). Retrieved on 2012-07-09.
- Sprite Slam Dunk Contest | All-Star 2012. NBA.com (2012-02-16). Retrieved on 2012-07-09.
- Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Los Angeles Clippers – Box Score. Scores.espn.go.com (2012-02-28). Retrieved on 2012-07-09.
- New Orleans Hornets vs. Minnesota Timberwolves – Box Score. Scores.espn.go.com (2013-03-17). Retrieved on 2013-03-17.
- "KINGS ACQUIRE DERRICK WILLIAMS". NBA.com. November 26, 2013. Retrieved November 26, 2013.
- Kings beat Lakers 122-99, sending LA to worst season ever
- "Knicks Acquire Four Free Agents: Afflalo, R. Lopez, Williams, O'Quinn". NBA.com. July 9, 2015. Retrieved July 10, 2015.
- "Williams scores 24, Knicks beat Bucks 122-97 in opener". NBA.com. October 28, 2015. Retrieved October 28, 2015.
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