Is there any fate more terrible than being a tweener forward in the NBA? Combo guards are sought-after commodities. Power forward/center types are valued for their versatility. But, as every NBA fan can attest to, tweener forwards just plain suck. They can’t bang with PF’s, but they’re too slow to be SF’s. Everything they do sucks and I hate them.
What if I told you that the Minnesota Timberwolves drafted a known tweener in the first round of last year’s draft? Pretty unbelievable right? Get this: the Timberwolves drafted Derrick Williams 2nd overall. Not the second round. The second overall pick. A tweener. Second overall.
Unsurprisingly, Williams is a huge bust, just the latest in a prolific series of T’Wolves busts: Wes Johnson, Jonny Flynn, Corey Brewer…the list could continue. But in this game, he shows flashes of greatness, and if he keeps up this level of play he might even stick around in the NBA after his rookie contract is up (as long as he shoots better than 36% from the field, a feat that would be easier to achieve if he didn’t shoot so many long twos).