The Cleveland Cavaliers have not been without their drama this season. LeBron is always in the spotlight simply because of his role in the NBA as one of its best players, and his comments about wanting “another f***ing playmaker” have not gone down smoothly with everyone. There have been rumors for months now about a possible Carmelo Anthony trade, and they also made headlines by acquiring Kyle Korver.
One of the best moves this team made, however, came outside the attention of most headlines. When Cleveland picked up Derrick Williams, they found themselves a player who thrived alongside James and the rest of the Cavaliers.
In just four games with Cleveland, Williams has looked like a stud: he’s averaged 9.8 points and 3.0 rebounds per game in 22.8 minutes per game off the bench. He’s shot 60% from the field and 37.5% from three, and he posted a team leading offensive rating of 137. The biggest thing, however, is that the Cavaliers are 12.2 points per 100 possessions better with Williams on the court, when they outscore their opponents by 17.2 points per 100 possessions.
The fact that Williams has already had this kind of impact for a contender literally starting three days after he was waived by Miami is very impressive. So too is this great play that shows the chemistry he is already building with LeBron:
Williams is the kind of player that will be highly valuable for the Cavs in the playoffs. Last year it was Richard Jefferson who played that vital combo forward role that helped Cleveland win the title, this year it can be Williams, who is younger, more athletic, and with more natural talent as the former number two overall pick of the 2011 draft.
Keeping Williams also allows for Cleveland to let Kevin Love recover without being pressured to come back. Channing Frye, Tristan Thompson, James Jones, and Richard Jefferson is a pretty thin front court rotation after LeBron James. Williams adds a whole new element of depth to this team.
Williams has simply been a great player to have for Cleveland, and he should absolutely be signed for longer than 10 days at a time.