Williams with the 76ers
|No. 3 – Atlanta Hawks|
October 27, 1986 |
|Listed height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Listed weight||175 lb (79 kg)|
|High school||South Gwinnett
|NBA Draft||2005 / Round: 2 / Pick: 45th overall|
|Selected by the Philadelphia 76ers|
|Pro playing career||2005–present|
|2006||→Fort Worth Flyers (D-League)|
|Career highlights and awards|
Louis Tyrone "Lou" Williams (born October 27, 1986) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Atlanta Hawks 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.
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, but Williams declared for the 2005 NBA Draft. Williams is the second all-time leading scorer in Georgia high school basketball history.
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.
After stellar performances in the NBA D-League, averaging 26 points and 7 assists over three games, and with trade rumors surrounding the 76ers' starting point guard Allen Iverson, 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.
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. However, the Sixers lost the series.
In the 2011–12 season, Williams led the Sixers in scoring with 14.9 points per game, despite not starting a single game. He received the second-most votes for the NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award.
On July 12, 2012, Williams signed with the Atlanta Hawks. 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 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. Williams is a close friend of Bow Wow, and was seen socializing with him at his house on MTV Cribs. 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." 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.
Williams has a daughter, Jada.
NBA career statistics
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|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
- Lou Williams Foundation
- Williams signed to play at Georgia - Men's College Basketball - ESPN
- Williams to test draft instead of attending Georgia - NBA - ESPN
- Hollis, John & Haddocks, Robert (2006): Louis Williams demoted by 76ers, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 11/28/06
- Game-by-game NBADL statistics
- Jasner, Phil (2006): A.I. will soon be history, Philadelphia Daily News 12/09/06
- Guard Williams signs five-year, $25 million deal to return to 76ers - NBA - ESPN
- Miami Heat vs. Philadelphia 76ers - Recap - April 24, 2011 - ESPN
- Philadelphia 76ers vs. Miami Heat - Recap - April 27, 2011 - ESPN
- Oklahoma City Thunder's James Harden wins NBA's Sixth Man of the Year award - ESPN
- "HAWKS SIGN FREE AGENT GUARD LOU WILLIAMS TO A CONTRACT". NBA.com. 2012-07-12. Retrieved 2012-07-15.
- Lou Williams of Philadelphia 76ers says he won over armed robber - ESPN
- Lou Williams earning respect in Philadelphia: Fan’s take
- Career statistics and player information from NBA.com
- Louis Williams at Basketball-Reference.com
- Louis Williams profile @ usabasketball.com