The LA Clippers opted to sign Lou Williams to a contract extension during the 2017-18 season, and that move continues to pay dividends. A perennial Sixth Man of the Year candidate, Williams has solidified his place in the pantheon of great reserve players by notching 10,000 bench points during his career.
Williams becomes just the third player in NBA history to accomplish the feat.
Williams is one of five players to win the NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award multiple times, joining another former Clipper in Jamal Crawford on that list. While he is certainly capable of starting, Williams–historically a spark plug scoring guard–has served a more important role off the bench. Williams has also embraced that role.
The Clippers are off to a strong offensive start in 2018-19, and Williams has been a key contributor in that regard. LA is averaging more than 50 PPG from their bench, converting on over 50 percent of its field goal attempts.
“We have one of the best benches in the league, if not the best,” Clippers forward Tobias Harris told reporters. “It’s another lineup coming out there to just help us and give us our rest and for us to be able to come back and play off their energy.”
“(Williams) is a professional scorer,” coach Doc Rivers said. “You see it every time he plays.”
Williams is part of an elite company. Only Dell Curry and Crawford have scored more points throughout their careers coming off the bench, and Williams has a legitimate chance of catching Crawford relatively soon. Crawford, who is currently a member of the Phoenix Suns, has tallied 10,792 career points.
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