Derrick Williams’ tenure with the Kings was short-lived, but for a few weeks right after he was traded to the team, he brought some serious hope. The former #2 pick injected some much needed energy and intensity to the team and for a while there it looked like all he had needed was a change in scenery.
Trading for Williams was one of new GM Pete D’Alessandro’s first moves, and the Kings were eager to show off their new acquisition, starting him in his first game with the team as they took on the L.A. Clippers.
Late in the contest with the Kings fighting to get back in the game, Greivis Vasquez found Williams for a backdoor cut alley-oop. The crowd went crazy but unfortunately the basket was called off as the officials said that the Clippers committed a foul away from the ball before the dunk. At the time there were no challenges, so all the Kings got was the ball on the sideline.
Williams inbounded the ball out top to DeMarcus Cousins, while Greivis Vasquez set a back pick to free up Williams as he ran to the basket. Cousins threw the ball up and Williams deftly dunked the ball in the same exact spot. Ball don’t lie, baby.
The Kings and Clippers were vastly different talent levels during this time but they always seemed to have entertaining games and this was no exception. Williams’ highlights with the Kings may have only been early on, but I’ll still cherish this double alley-oop as one of the coolest plays I’ve seen in person.