Lou Williams should be crowned the NBA's sixth man of the year award winner for the second time in his career.
His numbers say the Clippers guard has stood out among the top reserves in the league and that Williams should be the clear choice. But it's more than just the stats that tell Williams' story this season.
He has been the most valuable player on the Clippers this season and also their best leader.
"He's probably underrated by all of us, honestly," Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said. "Lou is a better player than I thought. I'm the first to say that. I have always liked Lou as a scorer, but I didn't know he was lethal. He's as good of a scorer as I've coached, and I've had some really good scorers, with Paul [Pierce in Boston] probably being the best, but Lou is a professional scorer, as well, and he does it quickly.
"That's what I like about Lou. Lou is not a ball holder. The ball doesn't stick in his hands for 15 seconds. Lou scores quick, and that helps your offense. I think that's been one of the keys to our offense. He'll score in the flow of our offense without the ball stopping. He's just really good."
Williams is a sub and yet he leads the Clippers in scoring, averaging a career-high 23.2 points per game. He also leads the Clippers in assists, averaging a career-best 5.5 per game.
Clippers! Lou Williams is the clear favorite for sixth man of the year award
Los Angeles Times | Mar 8