Derrick Williams has figured out a niche in the NBA — he can score the rock. He shot 39.4 percent on corner threes last season. As word spread around the league that defenders had to close on him from the corners, he showed the ability to put the ball on the floor, drive to the rim and put up dunks that got him on SportsCenter. Kings fans loved him for it.
Now it will be Knicks fans turn.
The Kings decided not to make Williams a restricted free agent, and he has chosen to bolt to Madison Square Garden, reports Chris Broussard of ESPN.
Williams averaged 8.3 points a game last season in Sacramento.
Williams ability to score had him looking pretty good in George Karl’s system in Sacramento, but his game is fairly one-dimensional. The former No. 2 pick isn’t much of a passer — once he decides to shoot he seems to get blinders on, and open cutters are ignored.
His style isn’t exactly triangle friendly, but he is a talent upgrade at the three and can fit next to Carmelo Anthony if New York plays ‘Melo at the four. At this price, it’s a fair pickup for New York, giving them another role player.