Fun with Charts & Graphs: Derrick Williams

During a competitive first half, Derrick Williams had this nice finish against Zach Randolph and the Memphis Grizzlies:

You can watch the rest of those highlights, and they will exclusively feature Memphis waltzing away with it.

Williams went 3-12 for the game, scoring 8 points. The Wolves turned the ball over and did nothing in the second half. Williams was no different.

Looking at the shot chart from the Memphis game gave me the inclination to set out to NBA.com and check out D-Will’s season stats. Here’s his percentages chart:

The interesting thing about his Memphis shot chart was all of the shots — every one of the 12 — came from the left wing. From 3 on in, you can see he’s got green from the left wing on in. Now here’s a broader charting of the distribution of Derrick’s attempts:

The number of shots — the 6.58 percentage of them — he’s taken in the paint so far this season is amazing when compared to his attempts at the rim.

The eye test would bear this out, as a failed mud run traditionally ends at the rim just like a successful one would. Then the remaining percentage of Williams’ shots would be standstill jumpers from distance (28.62%) or 3 (19.74%) — and the first chart shows how successful those options are (fair, to pretty good, if it’s from the left wing).

It’s funny how many folks simply think developing a post game would benefit Williams the most, when his most frequently attempt is at the rim. Seems if Derrick could catch a glimpse of the help on its way and learn to draw enough contact — as he did on Z-Bo in the first quarter and against Robin Lopez against New Orleans — he’d either get the call and get to the line (another point of needed improvement, there) or pull up just before the help arrives and fix that giant donut hole of a red zone in his shot chart, the paint just in front of the free throw line.

Whether D-Will makes these improvements in a Wolves uniform or not, he’s shown the ability to put big guys like Z-Bo and RoLo on skates. It would really be something if he ever learns what to do once he gets them there.

Mar 15, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Derrick Williams (7) reacts after a play during the third quarter against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Topics: Charts, Derrick Williams, Graphs, Minnesota Timberwolves

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