With the NBA releasing the schedule for the upcoming season, LA Clippers fans can begin to look forward to what should be a promising year at Staples Center.
Lou Williams emerged as the brightest spot of the Clippers’ 2017-18 season, and that should continue into the future. Williams is coming off arguably the best season of his career, where he averaged 22.6 PPG and 5.3 APG. He was the driving force behind the franchise finishing 42-40 in a difficult Western Conference.
Williams, in fact, played so well for Doc Rivers, the NBA rewarded him with the Sixth Man of the Year Award. While the Clippers suffered multiple injuries around him, Williams was one of the few players to remain healthy in 2017-18.
"First player to lead the team in scoring and assists off the bench," Williams said following a late-season game against the Denver Nuggets. "Having an opportunity to be in the All-Star talks. Just for us to be competitive with the way that everything went. Just honestly speaking, I had a lot to do with that.”
In addition to the NBA’s accolades, the Clippers gave the scoring guard a three-year contract extension. While many wondered if the Clippers would trade Williams prior to the 2018 trade deadline, the organization instead opted to keep him long-term. His playing ability and veteran leadership will surely help the Clippers–both on and off the court.
By drafting Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Jerome Robinson, plus the improved health of Patrick Beverley and Milos Teodosic, Williams will be able to fully return to his sixth-man role.
A 13-year veteran, Williams led the NBA in bench scoring. He also garnered a Western Conference Player of the Week award, which included a January game in which he totaled 10 steals. Williams also won the Sixth Man of the Year Award in 2015.
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