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NBA Draft 2011: Kevin Durant Is Proof Cavaliers Can't Pass on Derrick Williams

ANAHEIM, CA - MARCH 26:  Derrick Williams #23 of the Arizona Wildcats reacts after a dunk against of the Connecticut Huskies during the west regional final of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Honda Center on March 26, 2011 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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Bob EvansCorrespondent IApril 28, 2011

After watching Game 5 of the Oklahoma City-Denver series, I can only think of one thing.

The Cleveland Cavaliers need a player like Kevin Durant.

During the 2010 season, it was pretty obvious that the Cavaliers' biggest weakness was scoring from their small forward.

Losing LeBron James’ scoring at the small forward was easily the team’s biggest problem this season, but I have a solution to that problem for 2011.

Draft Arizona’s Derrick Williams.

Williams is not the same type of player that LeBron James is. He is more like Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Durant and Williams are both 6’9” small forwards who were labeled “tweeners” coming into the NBA. “Tweeners” in the sense that many people feel they are too big for the small forward position and too small for the power forward position.

However, the comparisons between the two are uncanny.

They both have a silky smooth jump shot, the ability to score at the drop of a dime and shoot for a high field-goal percentage.

Williams’ numbers at Arizona weren’t as prolific as Durant’s at Texas, but he still averaged 19.5 points and 8.3 rebounds per game on a Wildcat team that was far less talented than the Texas team that Durant played for.

I know what you are thinking—is this guy really comparing Derrick Williams to Kevin Durant?

Yes I am—well, sort of.

I do not think Williams has developed like Durant yet, but they have a similar skill set that would be a perfect fit in the Cavaliers offense.

With Williams’ ability to stretch the floor and attack the hole, he would open up scoring opportunities for J.J. Hickson down low and the three-point shooting attack of the Cavaliers.

So, while many people are begging and pleading for the Cavaliers to draft Kyrie Irving, I am asking you to stop and ask yourself a question.

When the game is on the line, would you rather have a point guard who is going to try to find someone to take the winning shot or do you want the guy who is going to go out and take that shot?

For me, the answer is simple: I want the guy who is going to take the shot.

And that guy is Derrick Williams.

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