Originally written October 27, 2012 on Fox Sports North:
MINNEAPOLIS The stigma isn't there yet, or perhaps it's receded. Maybe it's both, past and looming, but right now, Derrick Williams has a unique window. Last season, Williams was one of three former No. 2 picks on Minnesota's roster. It was he in 2011, Michael Beasley in 2008 and Darko Milicic in 2003. This was hardly the company a highly touted rookie wants to enter the league grouped with: an uber-talented and underachieving forward whose career was already marred with allegations of substance abuse and personality issues and a once-hyped Serbian seemingly devoid of any passion for the game.It wasn't that their problems would automatically rub off on the rookie, that he'd start maniacally munching Skittles and shoving cash under his mattress. Beasley and Milicic weren't Williams' closest friends, and they had little impact upon his season. But it was a hard association to ignore from the outside. The Timberwolves had three of those second overall p...
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