Derrick Williams Thinks He Should Have Been the Top Draft Pick

by November 01, 2011

Derrick Williams, the second overall pick this year, is not short on confidence. At all. He tells Grantland that he should’ve gone first in the NBA Draft: “What’s the first thing that went through your mind when you heard David Stern call out ‘Minnesota’ and ‘Derrick Williams’ at the draft? ‘The first thing that came to mind is that I finally made it. All the hard work, to be drafted no. 2 overall in this draft is a great feeling. Regardless of what draft it was. A lot of people are saying it was a weak draft. At the end of the day, it’s the NBA draft. You can’t take anything away from it, and being drafted to Minnesota is a great spot. We have a great, young team; hopefully with myself and Ricky Rubio and Malcolm Lee, who got drafted in the second round this season, we all can really help and take this team to the next level.’ Do you think you should have been the no. 1 pick? ‘I thought I should’ve. I always have faith in myself. But you know, one or two, there’s not much of a difference right there. I’m happy with no. 2. I feel like Minnesota was a better spot for me anyways. Sometimes going one step lower can be a great thing, it could be a better fit, and I think for me it was.”