Williams with the 76ers
|No. 23 – Toronto Raptors|
|Position||Point guard / Shooting guard|
October 27, 1986 |
|Listed height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Listed weight||175 lb (79 kg)|
|High school||South Gwinnett (Snellville, Georgia)|
|NBA draft||2005 / Round: 2 / Pick: 45th overall|
|Selected by the Philadelphia 76ers|
|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 Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Williams was born in Memphis, Tennessee but grew up in Snellville, Georgia. He was selected directly out of high school by the Philadelphia 76ers with the 45th overall pick in the 2005 NBA draft. Williams spent seven seasons with Philadelphia before signing with the Atlanta Hawks in 2012. He then played two seasons there before being traded to the Toronto Raptors in 2014. He was then named the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year for the 2014–15 season.
High school career
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" his junior and senior year. As a junior, Williams led South Gwinnett to the 5A Georgia State Championship. At the end of his senior year, Williams was named the Naismith Prep Player of the Year and a McDonald's All-American as well as a first-team Parade All-American.
Williams, and high school teammate Mike Mercer, committed to play at the University of Georgia, but Williams ended up declaring for the 2005 NBA Draft instead. Williams finished his career as the second all-time leading scorer in Georgia high school basketball history.
After disappointing workout performances, Williams fell to the second round of the draft and was eventually picked 45th overall by the Philadelphia 76ers. Williams played sparingly as a rookie, averaging 1.9 points and .3 assists over 30 games.
The next season, Williams was sent to play for the Fort Worth Flyers of the NBA Development League on November 28, 2006. After a good showing in the D-League, and trade rumors surrounding 76ers' starting point guard Allen Iverson, Williams was recalled back to the 76ers' roster on December 5.
During the 2007–08 season, Williams averaged 11.3 ppg, 3.2 apg and 2.0 rpg. At the end of that season, Williams became a restricted free agent and signed a five-year deal worth $25 million to remain with Philadelphia.
In game 4 of the first round of the 2011 Eastern Conference Playoffs, Williams hit a go-ahead three-pointer to give the 76ers a win against the Miami Heat, 86–82. However, the Sixers ended up losing the series in five games.
On July 12, 2012, Williams signed with the Atlanta Hawks. On January 18, 2013, against the Brooklyn Nets, Williams landed awkwardly on his right knee 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. He finished the season with averages of 10.4 points, 3.5 assists, and 2.1 rebounds per game.
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. On November 22, 2014, he scored a career-high 36 points in the Raptors' 110-93 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. On April 20, 2015, Williams was named the 2015 NBA Sixth Man of the Year, becoming the first member of the Toronto Raptors to win the award.
Williams is the son of Willie Louis Williams (deceased) and Janice Faulkner. He has one brother, Taurus Stinnett, and one sister, Shaun Haynes. Williams and his partner, Ashley Henderson, have two daughters, Jada and Zoey. He is a close friend of Bow Wow and was seen socializing with him at his house on an episode of MTV Cribs.
He has an annual summer camp at his alma-mater South Gwinnett High School for children the ages of 10–16. Williams commented on his camp saying, "This camp means a lot to me because I can give back to a community that has done so much for me."
In December 2011, Williams claimed his NBA recognition saved him from an armed robbery attempt in the Philadelphia neighborhood of Manayunk. Allegedly, a gunman tried to rob Williams but stopped and revealed he was a fan of his. After Williams and the gunman reached an understanding, he bought him McDonald's.
He is the subject of a song by Canadian rapper Drake called '6 Man', on Drake's mixtape "If You're Reading This It's Too Late". Drake referenced Williams' role as a sixth man for the Raptors, as well as his alleged two girl friends. The song was released on 12 February 2015, the same season Williams ended up winning the Sixth Man of the Year Award. The song played during Williams' trophy presentation during the Raptors playoff game against the Washington Wizards, and Williams is the subject of the song's music video.
NBA career statistics
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- About Us – The Lou Williams Foundation
- Louis Williams – Yahoo! Sports
- 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.
- Raptors Acquire Williams, Nogueira From Atlanta
- Williams, Raptors beat struggling Cavs, 110-93
- "Raptors' Lou Williams wins 2014-15 Kia NBA Sixth Man Award". NBA.com. April 20, 2015. Retrieved April 20, 2015.
- Devine, Dan (April 20, 2015). "Raptors' Lou Williams wins 2014-15 NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award". Yahoo.com. Retrieved April 20, 2015.
- Louis Williams Stats, Video, Bio, Profile
- Video on YouTube
- NEW VIDEO: MEEK MILL X LOU WILLIAMS "I WANT IT ALL"
- Lou Williams says he persuaded robber
- LOU WILLIAMS STARS IN VIDEO FOR DRAKE’S OVO RAPTORS-INSPIRED SPRING LINE