Originally written January 24, 2012 on Fox Sports North:
MINNEAPOLISDerrick Williams is a rookie in every sense of the word. With his soft-spoken voice and a row of clear braces across his top teeth, he seems younger than his 20 years. He wrings his hands when he's nervous or upset. He wears high socks that might just be hiding a pair of shin guards. He's endearing, the kind of player it's hard not to pull for. But the Derrick Williams who sat hunched in front of his locker Monday night was a far cry from the tall, smiling man who took the stage at the NBA draft. Those wringing hands had replaced one-armed hugs and powerful handshakes. The reality of the NBA has set in. Williams, a star at Arizona who was the second overall pick in the 2011 draft, has had to deal with being a backup player on a struggling team since signing with the Timberwolves. The latest chapter in that sometimes-difficult reality unfolded before Monday night's 107-92 loss to the Houston Rockets, when Williams found out he would make his first-ever...
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