Williams with the Philadelphia 76ers in 2010
|No. 23 – Los Angeles Clippers|
|Position||Point guard / Shooting guard|
|Born||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|
|2015–2017||Los Angeles Lakers|
|2017–present||Los Angeles Clippers|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Louis Tyrone Williams (born October 27, 1986) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was drafted directly out of high school by the Philadelphia 76ers with the 45th overall pick in the 2005 NBA draft. He is a 3-time NBA Sixth Man of the Year. As of March 2019, he is the NBA's career leader in points off the bench.
Williams spent seven seasons with Philadelphia before signing with the Atlanta Hawks in 2012, playing two seasons there before being traded to the Toronto Raptors in the 2014 offseason. He spent a season with the Raptors and then signed with the Los Angeles Lakers from 2015 until the middle of the 2016–17 NBA season, when he was traded to the Houston Rockets. After finishing the season with the Rockets, he was then traded in the 2017 offseason to the Los Angeles Clippers.
High school career
Williams was born in Memphis, Tennessee. Williams played at Snellville's South Gwinnett High School under Roger Fleetwood, where he was a four-time All-State selection and was named Georgia's "Mr. Basketball" as a junior and senior. 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. Lou Williams also participated in the Nike Hoop Summit and Jordan Brand Classic.
Williams, and high school teammate Mike Mercer, committed to play at the University of Georgia, for then-coach Dennis Felton, 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.
Philadelphia 76ers (2005–2012)
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.
Atlanta Hawks (2012–2014)
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.
Toronto Raptors (2014–2015)
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 then 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 ever win the award.
Los Angeles Lakers (2015–2017)
On July 9, 2015, Williams signed a three-year, $21 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers. He made his debut for the Lakers in the season opener against the Minnesota Timberwolves on October 28, 2015, scoring 21 points off the bench in a 112–111 loss. On January 3, 2016, he scored a then season-high 30 points in a 97–77 win over the Phoenix Suns. Five days later, he scored 23 of his then career-high 44 points in the fourth quarter of the Lakers' 117–113 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
On December 3, 2016, Williams scored a season-high 40 points off the bench in a 103–100 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies. Williams's 40 points were the most ever scored by an opponent's reserve against Memphis, and he became the first player to score 40 off the bench since Jordan Crawford in April 2014. Two days later, he had 38 points, six rebounds and seven assists in a 107–101 loss to the Utah Jazz, putting together the first back-to-back 30-point games of his 12-year NBA career. He also became the first Lakers player to score at least 38 points in successive games since Kobe Bryant in March 2013. Over four games between December 3 and 9, Williams scored 137 points—the biggest four-game scoring performance by a reserve since the NBA began keeping track of starts in 1970.
Houston Rockets (2017)
On February 23, 2017, Williams was traded to the Houston Rockets in exchange for Corey Brewer and a 2017 first-round draft pick. He made his debut for the Rockets that night, scoring 27 points with seven three-pointers off the bench in a 129–99 win over the New Orleans Pelicans. On March 15, 2017, he scored 30 points in a 139–100 win over the Lakers.
Los Angeles Clippers (2017–present)
On June 28, 2017, the Los Angeles Clippers acquired Williams, Patrick Beverley, Sam Dekker, Montrezl Harrell, Darrun Hilliard, DeAndre Liggins, Kyle Wiltjer, and a 2018 first-round pick from the Houston Rockets in exchange for Chris Paul. On November 27, 2017, Williams scored a season-high 42 points in a 120–115 win over the Los Angeles Lakers. On December 9, 2017, he hit a go-ahead pull-up 3-pointer with 1.2 seconds remaining, lifting the Clippers to a 113–112 victory over the Washington Wizards. He finished with 35 points to lead a dominant bench effort for the Clippers. On December 31, 2017, he scored 40 points off the bench in a 106–98 win over the Charlotte Hornets. Williams was subsequently named Western Conference Player of the Week for games played Monday, December 25 through Sunday, December 31. On January 10, 2018, he scored 27 of his career-high 50 points in the third quarter of the Clippers' 125–106 win over the Golden State Warriors. He shot 16 for 27 with a career-best eight 3-pointers and made all 10 of his free throws. It was the highest scoring effort by any Clipper in a single game since Charles Smith tied a franchise record with 52 points in December 1990. Williams was subsequently named Western Conference Player of the Week for games played Monday, January 8 through Sunday, January 14. On January 20, 2018, he recorded 31 points, a franchise-record 10 steals, and seven assists in a 125–113 loss to the Utah Jazz. He became the first player in league history to reach 30 points, 10 steals, and seven assists in a game since steals became a recorded stat. On January 26, 2018, he had 40 points and matched his season high with 10 assists in the Clippers' 109–100 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies. On February 7, 2018, he signed a multi-year contract extension with the Clippers. On February 23, 2018, he had 35 points in 33 minutes, including a 23-point second quarter, in a 128–117 win over the Phoenix Suns. Williams averaged career highs in points (22.6), assists (5.3), and minutes (32.8) during the 2017–18 season. His bench scoring led the NBA in his 13th season. He was subsequently named NBA Sixth Man of the Year for the second time in his career.
On November 2, 2018, Williams scored 23 of his game-high 28 points in the second half of the Clippers' 120–95 win over the Orlando Magic. The Clippers started the season with a 17–9 record before Williams suffered a right hamstring injury. In the four games he missed, the Clippers endured a four-game losing streak. In his return to action on December 20, Williams scored 13 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter of the Clippers' 125–121 win over the Dallas Mavericks. On December 28, he had a season-high 36 points in a 118–107 win over the Lakers. On January 25, 2019, he recorded his first career triple-double with 31 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds in a 106–101 win over the Chicago Bulls, joining Detlef Schrempf (in 1993) as the only other player in NBA history with a 30-point triple double off the bench. Williams' first triple-double occurred in his 904th career game—only Zach Randolph at 974 games logged his first later in his career. On February 2, he scored 39 points and helped the Clippers rally from a 25-point deficit to beat the Detroit Pistons 111–101. On February 11, he scored a season-high 45 points off the bench in a 130–120 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves. On February 13, he recorded 30 points and 10 assists in 22 minutes in a 134–107 win over the Suns, becoming the first player in NBA history with at least 30 points and 10 assists in fewer than 23 minutes. On March 8, he scored 40 points in a 118–110 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder, thus passing Jamal Crawford for second in NBA career points off the bench. It was also the 28th game of his career with 30 or more off the bench, breaking Ricky Pierce's record of 27. On March 11, he became the NBA's career leader in points off the bench with 34 points in a 140–115 win over the Boston Celtics, thus surpassing Dell Curry (11,147). On March 17, he scored 25 points and hit a 28-foot 3-pointer from the top of the key at the buzzer to give the Clippers a 119–116 victory over the Brooklyn Nets.
On April 15, 2019, Williams had 36 points and 11 assists to help the Clippers overcome a 31-point deficit—the biggest comeback in NBA playoff history—and tie the first-round series at 1–1 against the Warriors with a 135–131 win. He became only the second bench player in NBA history with a 30-point, 10-assist performance in the playoffs. In Game 5 of the series, he had 33 points and 10 assists in a 129–121 win. The Clippers went on to lose Game 6 to bow out of the playoffs. At the NBA's end-of-season awards night, Williams was named the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year, joining Jamal Crawford as the only three-time winners of the award.
After violating the rules of the NBA Bubble, Williams was required to sit out the first two seeding games of the 2019–20 season to fulfill his quarantine requirements. In the 2020 NBA Playoffs, he struggled throughout the postseason having averages of 12.8 point and 4.2 assist as the Clippers fell in seven games against the Denver Nuggets while surrendering a 3-1 lead in the Western Conference semi-finals.
Williams is the son of the late Willie Louis Williams and Janice Faulkner. He has two brothers, Taurus Stinnett and Willie Louis Williams II, and one sister, Shaun Haynes. Williams has three children. He is a close friend of Bow Wow and was seen socializing with him at his house on an episode of MTV Cribs.
He runs an annual summer camp at South Gwinnett High School, his alma mater, for children ages 10–16. "This camp means a lot to me because I can give back to a community that has done so much for me," Williams said.
In December 2011, Williams claimed his NBA recognition saved him from an armed robbery attempt in the Philadelphia neighborhood of Manayunk. A gunman allegedly tried to rob Williams but stopped and said he was a fan of the player. After Williams and the gunman reached an understanding, Williams bought him food from 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 girlfriends. The song was released on February 12, 2015, the same season Williams won the Sixth Man of the Year Award. The song was played during Williams' trophy presentation during the Raptors playoff game against the Washington Wizards, and he is featured in the song's music video: a promotion for OVO's Raptors themed Spring 2015 Apparel.
July 2020: While on an excused absence from the Orlando NBA quarantine bubble, Lou Williams attended a funeral viewing for Paul G. Williams, the father of a family friend. After the viewing, Williams went to the Magic City gentlemen's club for dinner. The controversy caused NBA investigators to question Williams and assess the length of his re-quarantining process. 
NBA career statistics
|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|
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- Louis Williams – Yahoo! Sports
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- "Wolves edge Lakers 112-111 in first game since Flip's death". NBA.com. October 28, 2015. Retrieved October 29, 2015.
- "Williams scores 30, Lakers beat Suns 97-77 without Kobe". NBA.com. January 3, 2016. Retrieved January 3, 2016.
- "Westbrook, Thunder hold off Lakers 117-113 despite Lou's 44". NBA.com. January 8, 2016. Retrieved January 9, 2016.
- "Daniels scores career-best 31 to lead Grizzlies past Lakers". ESPN.com. December 3, 2016. Retrieved December 4, 2016.
- "Jazz hold off Lakers' rally to win without Snyder, 107-101". ESPN.com. December 5, 2016. Retrieved December 6, 2016.
- "Eric Bledsoe scores 30, Suns hold off Lakers 119-115". ESPN.com. December 9, 2016. Retrieved December 10, 2016.
- "Rockets Acquire Lou Williams". NBA.com. February 23, 2017. Retrieved February 23, 2017.
- "Rockets rout Pelicans, 129-99, in Cousins' New Orleans debut". ESPN.com. February 23, 2017. Retrieved February 24, 2017.
- "Williams, Harden send Rockets to 139-100 win over Lakers". ESPN.com. March 15, 2017. Retrieved March 16, 2017.
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- "Williams' 3-pointer gives Clippers 113-112 win over Wizards". ESPN.com. December 9, 2017. Retrieved December 10, 2017.
- "Lou Williams scores 40 points, Clippers hold off Hornets". ESPN.com. December 31, 2017. Retrieved December 31, 2017.
- "Press Release: Lou Williams Named Western Conference Player of the Week". NBA.com. January 2, 2018. Retrieved January 3, 2018.
- "Lou Williams scores career-high 50, Clippers beat Warriors". ESPN.com. January 10, 2018. Retrieved January 10, 2018.
- "Press Release: Lou Williams Named Western Conference Player of the Week". NBA.com. January 15, 2018. Retrieved January 15, 2018.
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- "Williams has 40 points,10 assists, Clippers beat Grizzlies". ESPN.com. January 26, 2018. Retrieved January 26, 2018.
- "Press Release: L.A. Clippers Sign Lou Williams to Contract Extension". NBA.com. February 7, 2018. Retrieved February 7, 2018.
- "Williams, Clippers rout sinking Suns 128-117". ESPN.com. February 23, 2018. Retrieved February 24, 2018.
- "Hart's 30 lead Lakers past Clippers 115-100 to end season". ESPN.com. April 11, 2018. Retrieved April 11, 2018.
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- "Williams scores 28 as Clippers rout Magic 120-95". ESPN.com. November 2, 2018. Retrieved December 11, 2018.
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- "Clippers snap 4-game losing streak by holding off Mavericks". ESPN.com. December 20, 2018. Retrieved December 22, 2018.
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- "Williams' 1st triple-double leads Clippers past Bulls". ESPN.com. January 25, 2019. Retrieved January 25, 2019.
- "Clippers cruise past Kings 122-108 for 3rd straight win". ESPN.com. January 27, 2019. Retrieved January 27, 2019.
- "Clippers rally from 25 down, beat Pistons 111-101". ESPN.com. February 2, 2019. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
- "Healthy Rose, Teague lead Timberwolves past Clippers 130-120". ESPN.com. February 11, 2019. Retrieved February 12, 2019.
- "Williams scores 30, Clippers send Suns to 15th straight loss". ESPN.com. February 13, 2019. Retrieved February 14, 2019.
It was also the 27th game of his 13-year career in which he has scored 30 or more off the bench, tying Ricky Pierce.
- "Williams, Gallinari lead Clippers past Thunder 118-110". ESPN.com. March 8, 2019. Retrieved March 9, 2019.
- "Clippers' Williams becomes NBA bench points leader in win". ESPN.com. March 11, 2019. Retrieved March 12, 2019.
- "Williams' 3-pointer lifts Clippers to 119-116 win over Nets". ESPN.com. March 17, 2019. Retrieved March 18, 2019.
- "Clippers vs. Warriors - Game Summary - April 15, 2019 - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved April 16, 2019.
- Guinhawa, Angelo (April 16, 2019). "BREAKING: Clippers Stun Warriors With Biggest Comeback In NBA Playoff History". ClutchPoints. Retrieved April 16, 2019.
- ESPN (April 15, 2019). "Sweet Lou!". Twitter. Retrieved April 16, 2019.
- "Lou Williams, Clippers force Game 6 against champ Warriors". ESPN.com. April 24, 2019. Retrieved April 25, 2019.
- "Lou Williams Wins The 2018-19 NBA KIA Sixth Man Of The Year Award". NBA.com. June 24, 2019. Retrieved June 24, 2019.
- Powell, Shaun. "Clippers' Lou Williams in 10-day quarantine after returning to Orlando". NBA.com.
- "Louis Williams Stats, Video, Bio, Profile".
- Video on YouTube
- "New Video: Meek Mill x Lou Williams "I Want It All"". Rap Radar.
- "76ers' Williams says he won over armed robber". ESPN.com. December 27, 2011.
- "Raptors Guard Lou Williams Allegedly Has Two Girlfriends, J.R. Smith Is Very Impressed". Complex.
- "Lou Williams Talks About Breaking Up With 1 of His 2 Girlfriends". Complex.
- "Lou Williams Stars in Video For Drake's OVO Raptors-Inspired Spring Line". Complex.
- "Clippers' Lou Williams investigated by NBA about actions while on leave". ESPN.
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