Williams has garnered enough momentum to go from a fringe first round draft pick at the beginning of the season, to being in the discussion of the top overall selection. A three-star prospect from La Mirada (Calif.) went from being middle of the pack recruit to being one of the most dominant players in college basketball in a little under two years.
His sophomore season was when he really took off. Williams showed vast improvement in several facets of his game. The forward displayed a three-point stroke that he hadn't utilized consistently since his days at the high school and AAU levels. His improved range added to his physical brand of basketball underneath the rim had opposing coaches questioning just how to approach him.
He was clearly Arizona's leader and best player. He will most likely go down as one of the program's best ever and should go down with Mike Bibby as the highest elected Wildcats in the history of the NBA Draft.
With the Cleveland Cavaliers looking more and more like they are taking Kyrie Irving with the top pick, many expect Williams to be selected by Minnesota directly afterwards. In that situation, Williams would enter a roster that would include a young, but potentially promising young nucleus of Ricky Rubio, Michael Beasley, Kevin Love, Anthony Randolph and Wesley Johnson.
Add Williams to that group and it looks like a squad that could develop into a very good one assuming these players progress as expected.
Williams to the Timberwolves makes sense for a lot of reasons. The direction of the NBA serves well to those who possess the athletic gifts Williams has. He is versatile in the sense that he can play multiple positions if needed and can be effective both inside and out. Playing alongside a bruiser like Kevin Love will only open things up for Williams and could allow him to develop into a pretty good power forward in the NBA.
While Minnesota seems the likely destination for the All Pac-10 performer, there is still speculation that Minnesota could shop the pick. Cleveland tried to move up to Minnesota's spot via trade in recent weeks, but that has yet to come to fruition. There are rumors still circulating that the Cavs are attempting to move up to select Williams, with teams like Golden State and Milwaukee entering the rumor mill.
There is the chance that Minnesota could draft Williams simply to trade him. While playing on such a talented, young squad with plenty of potential seems good on paper, how it plays out on the court may be entirely different than what anyone anticipates.
Love starts at power forward and there isn't much of a chance in Williams going to Minnesota and taking his starting spot away. Michael Beasley plays the three and averaged just over 19 points per game at 22 years of age. They could slide Love over to center, but then Minnesota runs into size issues. The core of young talent Minnesota has on its roster could make playing time difficult to find for a rookie still developing his game.
If the Timberwolves fail to find a fair deal for the selection – a roadblock they seem to be continuously running into – expect Williams to be the guy at number two. Minnesota hasn't necessarily shied away from drafting itself into position logjams, so if the T'Wolves are thrust into a position to take the former Wildcat star, then expect them to do so and let the coaching staff sort everything out.
A lot can happen between now and the draft on Thursday, so it might be a good idea to keep a close eye on any news surrounding Minnesota. If there isn't any movement with the pick, Williams could be taking his talents to the twin cities.