Bright Futures: Rookie Tales … with Derrick Williams

BBVA Compass is partnering with the Wine & Gold throughout the 2016-2017 season to bring Cavs fans closer to the game. Each month, one of your Cavaliers will be featured, offering an in-depth look into their own rookie season and how their experiences have helped to create their own Bright Future.

Sometimes it’s not where you start, but where you finish.

At just 25 years of age, Derrick Williams is a long way from his finish – and in Cleveland he might be off to a new start.

After an uneven start to his NBA career, the former All-American from Arizona has found a temporary home in Cleveland – inking his second 10-day contract with the Cavaliers after a rock-solid showing over his initial stint, averaging 9.8 points on 60 percent shooting in his first four games with the Wine and Gold.

It hasn’t been an easy road through the NBA landscape for the former No. 2 overall pick, but he’s finally landed on a winning team after five-plus seasons with sub-.500 squads – including a stint with the franchise Cleveland beat on Thursday night, the New York Knicks.

Williams’ pro journey began in June of 2011, when he was selected one pick after Kyrie Irving by Minnesota – where he joined the Kevin Love-led Timberwolves during a lockout-shortened season that didn’t tip off until Christmas Day. In that rookie campaign, he was the only Timberwolves player to play in all 66 games.

As Williams gears up for his second 10-day audition with the Wine and Gold,…

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