Player Spotlight: Lou Williams

OAKLAND, CA - JANUARY 10:  Lou Williams #23 of the LA Clippers looks on against the Golden State Warriors during the first half of their NBA Basketball game at ORACLE Arena on January 10, 2018 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) Photo: Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

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Lou Williams was born in Memphis, Tennessee. Lou went to South Gwinnett high school, where he was named Naismith Player of the Year. He was a five-star recruit by rivals.com. He had an outstanding high school career, ranking as the 3rd best shooting guard and 7th best player in the nation, in 2005. At first, Lou committed to playing at the University of Georgia but later decided to declare for the draft instead. Scouts were not impressed with Lou’s workout performances, which hurt his draft stock. Eventually, the Philadelphia 76ers drafted him, 45th overall. In his rookie season, Lou averaged just 1.9 points per game.

In 2006, Lou played in the developmental league. He came back up to the NBA, in 2007, and he averaged 11.3 points, 3.2 assists, and 2 rebounds per game. After that season, Lou agreed to sign a 5-year, $25M deal to stay in Philadelphia. During the 2011-2012 season, Lou led the team in scoring, averaging 14.9 points. He came off the bench every single game and finished as the runner-up for Sixth Man of the Year. On July of 2012, Lou signed a deal with the Atlanta Hawks. Seven months later, he tore his ACL. As a result of that, in the 2013-2014 season, Lou missed a few games to start the season. He finished the season, averaging 10.4 points, 3.5 assists, and 2.1 rebounds.

June of 2014, Lou was traded to the Toronto Raptors, and during that same season, on April of 2015, Lou won his first Sixth Man of the Year Award. On July of 2015, Lou signed with the Los Angeles Lakers. As a Lakers fan, I was very excited to see Lou in the purple and gold. He played with the Lakers for two seasons, averaging 16.8 points, 2.8 assists, 2.4 rebounds, and 1 steal per game. On February of 2017, Lou Williams was traded to the Houston Rockets for Corey Brewer and a first-round draft pick. Williams played in Houston for just 23 games, averaging 14.9 points, 2.4 assists, and 3 rebounds per game. Lou was then traded to the Los Angeles Clippers along with six other players including Montrezl Harrell and Patrick Beverley and a draft pick in exchange for Chris Paul. In the 2017-2018 season, Lou Williams had a career-season with the Clippers in points and assists, averaging 22.6 points and 5.3 assists, including 2.5 rebounds, and 1.1 steals per game. Lou went on to win his second, Sixth Man of the year Award.

In the 2018-2019 season, Lou led the Clippers to the playoffs, averaging a career high in assists, with 5.4 assists per game, along with 20 points and 3 rebounds per game, off the bench, yet again. He will likely win his second consecutive Sixth Man of the Year Award, and his third, Sixth Man of the Year Award of his career.

 

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