Williams flies under the radar in L.A.
At 33, Lou Williams can see the end of the road. And he wants a championship.
Lost amid the hype of the Los Angeles Clippers’ offseason acquisitions of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George has been the continued outstanding play of their shooting guard and three-time Sixth Man of the Year, who has shouldered the offensive load in the two superstars’ injury-induced absences in the season’s early going.
As November turned to December, the 15th year man, who came directly to the NBA out of high school in Georgia, was putting up per-game averages of 22.5 points and 5.8 assists, to go with field goal and three point percentages of 43.4 and 35.8, respectively – all numbers well above his career averages. That the Clips are within spitting distance of their fellow Staples Center tenants the Lakers at the top of the Pacific Division is largely attributable to his early season performance.
And the thing is, he’s perfectly fine with not starting. In fact, he prefers it. He knows that the talent level of this Clippers team represents his best chance to finally win an NBA title. So perhaps now more than ever, he’s embracing a “whatever is best for the team” attitude in the hopes of hoisting the O’Brien Trophy next June.
Williams and the Clippers can be seen in action Wednesday, Dec. 25, in prime time on ABC against the Lakers, part of a five-game Christmas Day slate that also features the Boston Celtics at Toronto Raptors (ESPN), Milwaukee Bucks at Philadelphia 76ers (ABC), Houston Rockets at Golden State Warriors (ABC) and New Orleans Pelicans at Denver Nuggets (ESPN).
Full name: Louis Tyrone Williams
Birth date: Oct. 27, 1986
Birthplace: Memphis, Tenn.
Height/weight: 6 feet, 1 inch/175 pounds
Teams: Philadelphia 76ers (2005-12), Atlanta Hawks (2012-14), Toronto Raptors (2014-15) Los Angeles Lakers (2015-17), Houston Rockets (2017), Los Angeles Clippers (2019-present)
Draft: Selected in the second round (45th overall) by the 76ers in 2005
Honors and achievements: Three-time Sixth Man of the Year (2015, 2018, 2019), Naismith Prep Player of the Year (2005), McDonald’s All-American (2005), Mr. Georgia Basketball (2005)