Lou Williams

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Lou Williams
Louis Williams 76ers vs Wizards.jpg
Williams with the 76ers in 2010
No. 23 – Los Angeles Clippers
Position Shooting guard / Point guard
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1986-10-27) October 27, 1986 (age 31)
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
Playing career 2005–present
Career history
20052012 Philadelphia 76ers
2006Fort Worth Flyers
20122014 Atlanta Hawks
2014–2015 Toronto Raptors
20152017 Los Angeles Lakers
2017 Houston Rockets
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 selected 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, playing two seasons there before being traded to the Toronto Raptors in 2014. He was then named the NBA Sixth Man of the Year in 2015 and 2018.

High school career[edit]

Williams was born in Memphis, Tennessee.[1] 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.

Considered a five-star recruit by Rivals.com, Williams was listed as the No. 3 shooting guard and the No. 7 player in the nation in 2005.[2]

Williams, and high school teammate Mike Mercer, committed to play at the University of Georgia,[3] but Williams ended up declaring for the 2005 NBA draft instead.[4] Williams finished his career as the second all-time leading scorer in Georgia high school basketball history.

Professional career[edit]

Philadelphia 76ers (2005–2012)[edit]

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.[5] After a good showing in the D-League,[6] and trade rumors surrounding 76ers' starting point guard Allen Iverson,[7] 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.[8]

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.[9] However, the Sixers ended up losing the series in five games.[10]

For the 2011–12 season, Williams led the 76ers in scoring with 14.9 points per game, despite not starting a single game.[11] He was the runner-up finisher for the NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award.[11]

Atlanta Hawks (2012–2014)[edit]

On July 12, 2012, Williams signed with the Atlanta Hawks.[12] 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.

Toronto Raptors (2014–2015)[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.[13] On November 22, 2014, he scored a then career-high 36 points in the Raptors' 110-93 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.[14] 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.[15][16]

Los Angeles Lakers (2015–2017)[edit]

On July 9, 2015, Williams signed a three-year, $21 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers.[17][18] He made his debut for the Lakers in the team's season opener against the Minnesota Timberwolves on October 28, 2015, scoring 21 points off the bench in a 112–111 loss.[19] On January 3, 2016, he scored a then season-high 30 points in a 97–77 win over the Phoenix Suns.[20] 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.[21]

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.[22] 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.[23] Over four games between December 3 and December 9, Williams scored 137 points—the biggest four-game scoring performance by a reserve since the NBA began keeping track of starts in 1970.[24]

Houston Rockets (2017)[edit]

On February 23, 2017, Williams was traded to the Houston Rockets in exchange for Corey Brewer and a 2017 first-round draft pick.[25] 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.[26] On March 15, 2017, he scored 30 points in a 139–100 win over the Lakers.[27]

Los Angeles Clippers (2017–present)[edit]

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.[28] On November 27, 2017, Williams scored a season-high 42 points in a 120–115 win over the Los Angeles Lakers.[29] 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.[30] On December 31, 2017, he scored 40 points off the bench in a 106–98 win over the Charlotte Hornets.[31] Williams was subsequently named Western Conference Player of the Week for games played Monday, December 25 through Sunday, December 31.[32] 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.[33] 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.[34] Williams was subsequently named Western Conference Player of the Week for games played Monday, January 8 through Sunday, January 14.[34] 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.[35] 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.[36] On February 7, 2018, he signed a multi-year contract extension with the Clippers.[37] 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.[38] 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.[39] He was subsequently named NBA Sixth Man of the Year for the second time in his career.[40]

Personal life[edit]

Williams is the son of the late Willie Louis Williams and Janice Faulkner. He has one brother, Taurus Stinnett, and one sister, Shaun Haynes.[41] Williams has 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.[42]

Williams has recorded several rap tracks and was featured on Meek Mill's single "I Want It All."[43]

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, the former bought the latter food from McDonald's.[44]

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.[45]

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 60 7 24.1 .400 .342 .849 2.1 3.5 .8 .1 10.4
2014–15 Toronto 80 0 25.2 .404 .340 .861 1.9 2.1 1.1 .1 15.5
2015–16 L.A. Lakers 67 35 28.5 .408 .344 .830 2.5 2.5 .9 .3 15.3
2016–17 L.A. Lakers 58 1 24.2 .444 .386 .884 2.3 3.2 1.1 .2 18.6
2016–17 Houston 23 0 25.7 .385 .315 .867 3.0 2.4 .7 .4 14.9
2017–18 L.A. Clippers 79 19 32.8 .435 .359 .880 2.5 5.3 1.1 .2 22.6
Career 861 109 24.4 .420 .348 .834 2.1 3.1 .9 .2 13.7

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
2015 Toronto 4 0 25.5 .314 .190 .833 1.8 1.3 1.5 .0 12.8
2017 Houston 11 0 24.7 .424 .308 .897 2.7 1.3 .6 .1 12.5
Career 52 0 24.6 .376 .254 .799 2.2 2.1 .9 .1 11.2

References[edit]

  1. ^ About Us – The Lou Williams Foundation
  2. ^ Louis Williams – Yahoo! Sports
  3. ^ Williams signed to play at Georgia - Men's College Basketball - ESPN
  4. ^ Williams to test draft instead of attending Georgia - NBA - ESPN
  5. ^ Hollis, John & Haddocks, Robert (2006): Louis Williams demoted by 76ers, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 11/28/06
  6. ^ Game-by-game NBADL statistics Archived 2012-11-04 at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ Jasner, Phil (2006): A.I. will soon be history, Philadelphia Daily News 12/09/06
  8. ^ Guard Williams signs five-year, $25 million deal to return to 76ers - NBA - ESPN
  9. ^ Miami Heat vs. Philadelphia 76ers - Recap - April 24, 2011 - ESPN
  10. ^ Philadelphia 76ers vs. Miami Heat - Recap - April 27, 2011 - ESPN
  11. ^ a b Oklahoma City Thunder's James Harden wins NBA's Sixth Man of the Year award - ESPN
  12. ^ "HAWKS SIGN FREE AGENT GUARD LOU WILLIAMS TO A CONTRACT". NBA.com. 2012-07-12. Retrieved 2012-07-15.
  13. ^ Raptors Acquire Williams, Nogueira From Atlanta
  14. ^ Williams, Raptors beat struggling Cavs, 110-93
  15. ^ "Raptors' Lou Williams wins 2014-15 Kia NBA Sixth Man Award". NBA.com. April 20, 2015. Retrieved April 20, 2015.
  16. ^ Devine, Dan (April 20, 2015). "Raptors' Lou Williams wins 2014-15 NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award". Yahoo.com. Retrieved April 20, 2015.
  17. ^ "Lakers Sign Lou Williams". NBA.com. July 9, 2015. Retrieved July 9, 2015.
  18. ^ ESPN news services (2015-07-06). "Sources: Lakers reach deal with Sixth Man of the Year Lou Williams". espn.go.com. Retrieved 2015-07-06.
  19. ^ "Wolves edge Lakers 112-111 in first game since Flip's death". NBA.com. October 28, 2015. Retrieved October 29, 2015.
  20. ^ "Williams scores 30, Lakers beat Suns 97-77 without Kobe". NBA.com. January 3, 2016. Retrieved January 3, 2016.
  21. ^ "Westbrook, Thunder hold off Lakers 117-113 despite Lou's 44". NBA.com. January 8, 2016. Retrieved January 9, 2016.
  22. ^ "Daniels scores career-best 31 to lead Grizzlies past Lakers". ESPN.com. December 3, 2016. Retrieved December 4, 2016.
  23. ^ "Jazz hold off Lakers' rally to win without Snyder, 107-101". ESPN.com. December 5, 2016. Retrieved December 6, 2016.
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  26. ^ "Rockets rout Pelicans, 129-99, in Cousins' New Orleans debut". ESPN.com. February 23, 2017. Retrieved February 24, 2017.
  27. ^ "Williams, Harden send Rockets to 139-100 win over Lakers". ESPN.com. March 15, 2017. Retrieved March 16, 2017.
  28. ^ "Press Release: L.A. Clippers Acquire Seven Players and Draft Pick, Including Beverley, Dekker, Harrell and Williams". NBA.com. June 28, 2017. Retrieved June 28, 2017.
  29. ^ "Clippers hang on to beat Lakers 120-115 for 3rd win in row". ESPN.com. November 27, 2017. Retrieved November 28, 2017.
  30. ^ "Williams' 3-pointer gives Clippers 113-112 win over Wizards". ESPN.com. December 9, 2017. Retrieved December 10, 2017.
  31. ^ "Lou Williams scores 40 points, Clippers hold off Hornets". ESPN.com. December 31, 2017. Retrieved December 31, 2017.
  32. ^ "Press Release: Lou Williams Named Western Conference Player of the Week". NBA.com. January 2, 2018. Retrieved January 3, 2018.
  33. ^ "Lou Williams scores career-high 50, Clippers beat Warriors". ESPN.com. January 10, 2018. Retrieved January 10, 2018.
  34. ^ a b "Press Release: Lou Williams Named Western Conference Player of the Week". NBA.com. January 15, 2018. Retrieved January 15, 2018.
  35. ^ "Mitchell gets 23, Jazz end Clippers' streak with 125-113 win". ESPN.com. January 20, 2018. Retrieved January 20, 2018.
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  37. ^ "Press Release: L.A. Clippers Sign Lou Williams to Contract Extension". NBA.com. February 7, 2018. Retrieved February 7, 2018.
  38. ^ "Williams, Clippers rout sinking Suns 128-117". ESPN.com. February 23, 2018. Retrieved February 24, 2018.
  39. ^ "Hart's 30 lead Lakers past Clippers 115-100 to end season". ESPN.com. April 11, 2018. Retrieved April 11, 2018.
  40. ^ Winfield, Kristian (June 25, 2018). "Lou Williams wins NBA Sixth Man of the Year". sbnation.com. Retrieved June 25, 2018.
  41. ^ Louis Williams Stats, Video, Bio, Profile
  42. ^ Video on YouTube
  43. ^ NEW VIDEO: MEEK MILL X LOU WILLIAMS "I WANT IT ALL"
  44. ^ Lou Williams says he persuaded robber
  45. ^ LOU WILLIAMS STARS IN VIDEO FOR DRAKE’S OVO RAPTORS-INSPIRED SPRING LINE

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