Louis Williams

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Louis Williams
Louis Williams 76ers vs Wizards.jpg
Williams with the 76ers
No. 23 – Toronto Raptors
Position Point guard / Shooting guard
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1986-10-27) October 27, 1986 (age 27)
Memphis, Tennessee
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Listed weight 175 lb (79 kg)
Career information
High school South Gwinnett (Snellville, Georgia)
NBA draft 2005 / Round: 2 / Pick: 45th overall
Selected by the Philadelphia 76ers
Pro career 2005–present
Career history
20052012 Philadelphia 76ers
2006 Fort Worth Flyers (D-League)
20122014 Atlanta Hawks
2014–present Toronto Raptors
Career highlights and awards

Louis Tyrone "Lou" Williams (born October 27, 1986) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Toronto Raptors of the NBA. Williams was selected by the National Basketball Association's Philadelphia 76ers with the 45th overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft. Williams was born in Memphis, Tennessee and grew up in Snellville, Georgia.[1]

High school career[edit]

Williams played at Snellville's South Gwinnett High School under Roger Fleetwood, where he was a four-time All-State selection, was named Georgia's "Mr. Basketball" during his junior and senior year and was voted as the "Most Athletic" Senior Superlative by his peers. As a junior, Williams led South Gwinnett to win the 5A Georgia State Championship. As a senior, Williams averaged 27.5 points, 6.6 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game while leading South Gwinnett to a 28–3 record and fourth place finish in the state. Williams also won the 2005 Naismith Prep Player of the Year Award which identifies the nation's top high school player, and was named to the 2005 McDonald's All-American East Team. Both Williams and Mike Mercer, high school teammates at South Gwinnett High School, committed to play at the University of Georgia,[2] but Williams declared for the 2005 NBA Draft.[3] Williams is the second all-time leading scorer in Georgia high school basketball history.

Professional career[edit]

Philadelphia 76ers[edit]

Because of disappointing workout performances, Williams fell to the second round of the draft and was eventually picked 45th overall by the Philadelphia 76ers. During the 2005–06 NBA season Williams played sparingly as an NBA rookie for the 76ers, averaging 1.9 points and .3 assists over 30 games. After being inactive for most of the first month of the 2006–07 NBA season, Williams was sent by the 76ers to play for the Fort Worth Flyers of the NBA Development League on November 28, 2006.[4]

After stellar performances in the NBA D-League, averaging 26 points and 7 assists over three games,[5] and with trade rumors surrounding the 76ers' starting point guard Allen Iverson,[6] Williams was restored back to the 76ers' roster on December 5, 2006.

During the 2007–08 season, Williams averaged career-highs of 11.3 ppg, 3.2 apg and 2.0 rpg. With these stats he had the fifth highest point/rebound/assist total of any reserve in the NBA. At the end of that season Williams became a restricted free agent. He signed a five-year deal worth $25 million.[7]

In game 4 of the first round of the 2011 Eastern Conference Playoffs, Williams hit a go-ahead 3-pointer to give the Sixers a win against the Miami Heat, 86–82.[8] However, the Sixers lost the series.[9]

In the 2011–12 season, Williams led the Sixers in scoring with 14.9 points per game, despite not starting a single game.[10] He received the second-most votes for the NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award.[10]

Atlanta Hawks[edit]

On July 12, 2012, Williams signed with the Atlanta Hawks.[11] During a game against the Brooklyn Nets on January 18, 2013, Williams came down awkwardly on his right knee while running and had to leave the game on a wheelchair. It was later revealed that he tore his ACL and would miss the rest of the season.

Williams missed the first few games of the 2013–14 season while recovering from his knee injury. He made his debut on November 20, 2013, scoring 6 points off the bench. On December 14, 2013, Williams scored a season high of 27 points.

Toronto Raptors[edit]

On June 30, 2014, Williams was traded, along with the draft rights to Lucas Nogueira, to the Toronto Raptors in exchange for John Salmons and 2015 second round pick.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Williams was born to Willie Louis Williams (deceased) and Janice Faulkner. He has an older brother, Taurus and older sister, FraShaundra. When he was 5'7" in the 7th grade, he dunked for the first time.[13] Williams is a close friend of Bow Wow, and was seen socializing with him at his house on MTV Cribs.[14]

To show his concern for his community, Louis Williams has an annual summer camp at South Gwinnett High School for children the ages of 10–16. The camp is very successful and as showing his affection for the camp he states, "This camp means a lot to me because I can give back to a community that has done so much for me."

In addition, Williams has recorded several rap tracks, and was even featured on fellow Philadelphian Meek Mill's "I Want It All."[15]

In December, 2011, Williams claimed his recognition saved him from an armed robbery attempt in the Philadelphia neighbourhood of Manayunk. According to his account, when the gunman tried to rob Williams, the gunman revealed he was a fan, and after he and the gunman, who did most of the talking, reached an understanding, he bought him McDonald's.[16]

Williams has a daughter, Jada.[17]

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2005–06 Philadelphia 30 0 4.8 .442 .222 .615 .6 .3 .2 .0 1.9
2006–07 Philadelphia 61 0 11.3 .441 .324 .696 1.1 1.8 .4 .0 4.3
2007–08 Philadelphia 80 0 23.3 .424 .359 .783 2.1 3.2 1.0 .2 11.5
2008–09 Philadelphia 81 0 23.7 .398 .286 .790 2.0 3.0 1.0 .2 12.8
2009–10 Philadelphia 64 38 29.9 .470 .340 .824 2.9 4.2 1.3 .2 14.0
2010–11 Philadelphia 75 0 23.3 .406 .348 .823 2.0 3.4 .6 .2 13.7
2011–12 Philadelphia 64 0 26.3 .407 .362 .812 2.4 3.5 .8 .3 14.9
2012–13 Atlanta 39 9 28.7 .422 .367 .868 2.1 3.6 1.1 .3 14.1
2013–14 Atlanta 38 6 23.7 .378 .356 .829 1.9 3.6 .9 .1 9.4
Career 532 53 22.5 .418 .343 .804 2.0 3.1 .8 .2 11.4

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2008 Philadelphia 6 0 22.5 .400 .222 .733 2.0 2.0 1.0 .0 12.0
2009 Philadelphia 6 0 24.8 .412 .375 .667 2.5 2.8 .5 .2 9.7
2011 Philadelphia 5 0 26.0 .327 .300 .737 1.6 3.0 1.0 .0 10.8
2012 Philadelphia 13 0 27.5 .352 .167 .788 2.1 3.0 1.0 .0 11.5
2014 Atlanta 7 0 19.0 .380 .313 .938 2.3 1.1 1.0 .1 8.3
Career 37 0 24.5 .369 .248 .773 2.1 2.5 .9 .1 10.6

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