Posts Tagged ‘Pistons Dream Drafts’

If Amir Johnson was a project when the Pistons drafted him, I have no idea how to categorize what Latavious Williams will be.  Williams gained headlines when he elected to play in the NBA Developmental League out of high school rather than go to college. Now, he’s old enough to enter the NBA Draft, although he’s currently considered only a late second round pick at best.  Measurables: 6-8, 205 pounds, PF from the D-League.  Stats: 7.7 points, 7.7 rebounds, 53 percent field goal percentage in 20.5 minutes per game.  Projected: Undrafted (DraftExpress); 57th (  Why he fits: As an undersized teenager playing in a league of NBA hopefuls, Williams had some incredible games and moments as a member of the Tulsa 66ers, who went to the D-League Finals.  He has tremendous athleticism, he can rebound, run the floor, block some shots and finish. Just a year removed from high school, whichever team ends up taking a flyer on him could get someone with great potential for improvement.  Why he doesn’t fit: He’s undersized — both in height and bulk. He doesn’t have an offensive game to speak of right now, other than put-backs and hustle plays. When the Pistons took Johnson a few years ago, he was a similar project. The difference was size — Amir was 6-foot-10. And, it should be noted, that Johnson absolutely tore up the D-League every time he was sent down. Williams had moments, and he definitely improved as the season went on, but his numbers were still pretty so-so.  Why I’d take him: I’m rooting for him to find some professional success, but the Pistons draft too high in the second round to risk using a pick on him. There are simply much better players who will be on the board when the Pistons pick.  He’d definitely be worth a look as a rookie free agent — check out his playoff numbers for Tulsa. Not only did he get better in the postseason, but he improved drastically in each round.