Lou Williams
Lou Williams
34-Year-Old GuardG
Atlanta Hawks  NBA  
Atlanta Hawks
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Last season was maybe the first meaningful step back in Williams' 16-year career. He saw his fewest minutes per game (21.3) since 2006-07, and his per-game fantasy rank (247) was also his lowest since that year. He spent the first half of the season with the Clippers before eventually being moved to the Hawks, but he had a similar role on each team. The signs of aging in Williams' game are there. He's taken fewer shots at the rim in each of the past three seasons and has replaced them mostly with mid-rangers. His three-point attempts have also taken a sharp decline since 2018-19. Unsurprisingly, he also posted the third lowest free-throw rate of his career (6.0 attempts per 100 possessions) last season. But all of that is to be expected from a soon-to-be 35-year-old guard who often relied on his quickness for buckets. During the offseason, Williams agreed to return to Atlanta on a one-year, $5 million deal. He should still be able to find roughly 20 minutes per game this season, but it would be surprising if he finished with top-100 value. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $5 million contract with the Hawks in August of 2021.
Personal Bio

Louis Tyrone Williams was born in Memphis, Tennessee, to the late Willie Louis Williams and Janice Faulkner in 1986. Nicknamed "Sweet Lou," Williams was a high-school basketball star at South Gwinnett High School and had his No. 23 basketball jersey retired there in 2006. He continues to host annual basketball camps at his alma mater. In 2005, Williams and his mother founded the Lou Williams Foundation with the mission of "providing assistance to young athletes in pursuing their dreams of higher education." In the offseason, Williams enjoys making music and bowling. Learn more about Williams by following him on Twitter (@TeamLou23) and Instagram (@louwillville).

College/International Summary

Williams was a sensational high school basketball player in Georgia. The guard was named to the All-State team in all four seasons of his high school career and won Mr. Basketball in both his junior and senior years. He helped his school, South Gwinnett, win the 5A Georgia State Championship as a junior. He scored 39 points in the championship game. As a senior, Williams was named as the Naismith Prep Player of the Year, a first-team Parade All-American and a McDonald's All-American. The 6-foot-1 guard closed his high school career as the leading scorer in state history with 3,390 points. He committed to play for Georgia but decided to apply for the 2005 NBA Draft instead, where he was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers with the 45th overall pick.

Staying in Atlanta
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August 5, 2021
Williams agreed Thursday to a one-year, $5 million contract to stay with the Hawks, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
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The three-time Sixth Man of the Year will sign a contract with Atlanta after being dealt there last season. After joining the Hawks, the veteran guard averaged 10.0 points, 3.4 assists and 2.1 rebounds in 21.0 minutes. He could be in for a similar role next season, though Atlanta isn't short on guard depth, so it's possible he sees a reduction in minutes in his age 35 season.
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2020

Williams played in 66 games and shot a career-high 39.9 percent from three during his 16th season in the NBA. The 34-year-old averaged 11.3 points, 3.4 assists, 2.1 rebounds and 0.7 steals across 21.6 minutes per game. In four starts, he averaged 18.5 points, 7.8 assists and 4.8 rebounds in 33.3 minutes per game. Williams scored 20-plus points seven times, including a season-high 30 against the Cavaliers on Feb. 14. During the 128-111 win, he went 10-for-22 from the field, 2-for-5 from three and 8-for-8 from the free-throw line. Williams also dished out 10 assists and grabbed two rebounds across 32 minutes of action. The 6-foot-1 guard distributed five-plus assists 23 times, including a season-high 10 on two occasions. He also grabbed five-plus rebounds seven times, including a season-high eight against the Sixers on April 28. Defensively, the 16-year veteran registered multiple steals 16 times and three steals on three occasions. Per 36 minutes, Williams averaged 18.9 points, 5.7 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.2 steals.

2019

Williams appeared in 65 games (eight starts) during the abbreviated 2019-20 season due to coronavirus. In his 56 appearances off the bench, the veteran guard averaged 17.4 points, 5.5 assists and 3.0 rebounds. During his eight starts, he averaged 24.1 points, 6.4 assists and 3.9 rebounds. On Nov. 7, Williams blocked a season-high three shots in a win over the Trail Blazers while also adding 26 points, eight assists and three rebounds. Six days later against the Rockets, Williams grabbed a season-high seven rebounds, adding 20 points and four assists. Later in the month, during a win over the Grizzlies on Nov. 27, Williams dished a season-high 13 assists to go with 24 points, two steals and one rebound. Williams scored a season-high 35 points against the Celtics on Feb. 13, also adding eight assists, six rebounds, two blocks and one steal. He finished the regular season 16th in the league in made free throws (292). During the first round of the playoffs against the Mavericks, Williams averaged 16.0 points, 4.3 assists and 3.3 rebounds. In the second round against the Nuggets, he averaged 10.0 points, 4.1 assists and 3.0 rebounds. Williams' best playoff performance was Game 4 against Dallas, as he accumulated 36 points (13-20 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 8-9 FT), five assists, four rebounds and one steal.

2018

Despite playing fewer than 27 minutes per game, Williams still managed to clear the 20.0-points-per-game plateau for the second consecutive season. He also established career-highs in rebounds (3.0) and assists (5.4) per game. Williams managed 10 games with at least three made three-pointers, topping out at five on three different occasions. Williams alternated between both guard spots in his 75 regular season appearances. As has been the case for much of his career, Williams primarily operated in a bench role, starting just one contest (April 7 vs. Golden State). He began the season with a streak of 18 consecutive double-digit scoring efforts, headlined by 28 points in a Nov. 2 win over the Magic. A hamstring injury hampered Williams in mid-December, but he missed only four contests. After returning from the injury, Williams averaged 21.6 points per game across the next 14 games. He scored 36 points in a victory over the crosstown Lakers on Dec. 28. Less than a month later, Williams notched his first career triple-double with a 31-point, 10-rebound, 10-assist effort in a win over the Bulls on Jan. 25. Over the next two weeks, Williams posted five more 30-plus-point scoring efforts, peaking with 45 points in a loss to the Timberwolves on Feb. 11. Williams was named the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year, joining Jamal Crawford as the only three-time winners of the award.

2017

Williams enjoyed arguably his best season in the league in 2017-2018, his first with the Los Angeles Clippers. Known for instant offense off the bench, Williams appeared in 79 contests, though he did start in 19 games, and averaged a career-high 22.6 points per game. He finished 14th in the league in scoring. He scored at least 30 points in 16 games. He scored at least 40 points in four tilts. "Sweet Lou" scored a career-high 50 points at Golden State on Jan. 10. He hit a career-high eight treys in that contest. Williams proved he could be more than just a flamethrower, though, as he also averaged a career-high 5.3 assists per game. Williams collected six double-doubles on the season. For his standout play off the bench, Williams was named the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year for the second time in his career.

2016

Lou Williams began the 2016-17 campaign as the Lakers' top sixth man. He posted per-game averages of 18.6 points, 2.3 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 58 games with the club. The veteran exploded for 137 points in four games between Dec. 3-9, setting the NBA record for most points by a reserve in a four-game span. That stretch began with a 40-point performance against Memphis and ended with a 35-point showing versus Phoenix. On Feb. 23, Williams was traded to the Houston Rockets. With Houston, the 6-foot-1 guard averaged 14.9 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.4 assists. In his first game against the team that traded him, Williams scored 30 points and dished seven assists against the Lakers on March 15. His highest scoring game as a Rocket came 11 days later when he totaled 31 points while knocking down 7-of-8 three-point attempts in a victory over the Thunder. In the postseason, Williams played in 11 games and averaged 24.7 minutes per contest. He posted per-game averages of 12.5 points and 2.7 rebounds as the Rockets advanced to the conference semifinals.

2015

Williams played for his third team in three seasons during the 2015-16 campaign after signing a three-year contract to join the Los Angeles Lakers. He played 35 of his 67 games as a starter, marking the first time in six seasons in which he came off the bench less than half of the time. Williams played a key part in the Lakers' offense, averaging 15.3 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per contest. He scored 21 points and made all seven of his free-throw attempts in his debut with the club, one of 16 games during the season in which the veteran scored 20 or more points. Williams excelled in January, averaging 19.3 points, 3.3 boards and 2.9 assists. On Jan. 8, he tallied a career-high 44 points while going 15-of-15 from the charity stripe. He went 6-for-7 from beyond the arc in a win over Phoenix on Jan. 3, finishing with 30 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Williams notched a career-best seven steals in a win over Washington on Dec. 2, adding 12 points and four assists. He swatted three shots, tying his single-game career mark, on Jan. 26 versus Dallas. Williams finished with double-digit points in all but 10 of the contests in which he played.

2014

Lou Williams joined his third NBA team for the 2014-15 campaign after he was acquired by Toronto in an offseason trade. With the Raptors, the veteran scored a career-best 15.5 points per game while coming off the bench for 80 contests. He chipped in 1.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.1 steals per game. Williams earned his first Eastern Conference Player of the Week award in late November, averaging 23.7 points and shooting 52.6 percent (10-of-19) from three-point range during the week of Nov. 17-23. He scored a career-high 36 points in a win over Cleveland on Nov. 22, draining all 15 of his attempts from the charity stripe. On Feb. 20, Williams led Toronto to victory over Atlanta -- whom he played for the previous two seasons -- with a 26-point performance in which he sank seven three-pointers and collected four steals. For his efforts off the bench, Williams earned the first Sixth Man of the Year Award of his career. It was also the first such award won by a member of the Raptors. In the postseason, Williams averaged 25.6 minutes per contest in Toronto's first-round series against Washington. He scored 12.8 points points per game in four contests while chipping in 1.8 rebounds and 1.5 steals.

2013

Williams missed the first eight games of the 2013-14 campaign while continuing to recover from an ACL tear suffered during the previous season. He returned to face his old team, the Philadelphia 76ers, on Nov. 20, playing 16 minutes and scoring six points. The veteran's playing time steadily improved as the season wore on, and he finished his second campaign with Atlanta playing 60 games (seven as a starter) and averaging 24.1 minutes per contest. Williams posted per-game averages of 10.4 points, 2.1 rebounds and 3.5 assists while converting 34.2 percent of his shot attempts from deep. He nailed a season-best six three-pointers against the Knicks on Dec. 14, finishing with 27 points on 9-of-16 shooting. The 6-foot-1 guard matched the three-point mark six days later, making 6-of-10 shots from beyond the arc and totaling 25 points in a win over Utah. He handed out eight assists four times during the campaign, including during a 15-point performance against Detroit on Feb. 21 in which he also collected three steals. In the postseason, Williams played all seven games of Atlanta's first-round defeat to Indiana. In those contests, he posted per-game averages of 8.3 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.1 assists. In the penultimate game of the series, he scored 16 points on 6-of-12 shooting off the bench.

2012

Lou Williams signed with the Atlanta Hawks prior to the 2012-13 campaign, ending his tenure with Philadelphia after seven seasons. The 6-foot-1 guard played 39 games with the Hawks, making nine starts and averaging 28.7 minutes per contest overall. He contributed a valuable scoring punch for his new team, averaging 14.1 points and a career-best 1.8 three-pointers per game. Williams made 86.8 percent of his free-throw attempts and 36.7 percent of his attempts from beyond the arc, both career highs. In arguably his best performance of the season, Williams dished a career-high 12 assists and scored 21 points in a win over Indiana on Dec. 29. The veteran's campaign came to an early, abrupt end Jan. 18 when he tore his ACL in a game against Brooklyn.

2011

In his seventh season with Philadelphia, Williams again contributed as the team's sixth man and appeared in 64 games. The 2005 second-round draft pick averaged a career-best 14.9 points per contest, the top mark on the team. He complemented his scoring with per-game averages of 3.5 assists and 2.4 rebounds. Williams continued to grow as a three-point threat, establishing career-best marks of 1.3 treys per game and 36.2 percent shooting from deep. As a testament to his all-around contributions, Williams finished second in Sixth Man of the Year voting following the conclusion of the regular season. The veteran also made key contributions in the playoffs, playing in all 13 of Philadelphia's postseason contests. In those games, Williams averaged 11.5 points, 3.0 assists and 2.1 rebounds. He set a career playoff high with 20 points in a win over Chicago in Game 2 of the opening round.

2010

Lou Williams reclaimed his sixth-man role during the 2010-11 campaign as he appeared in 75 games for the 76ers and averaged 23.3 minutes per contest. The 6-foot-1 guard continued to post solid offensive numbers, averaging 13.7 points, 2.0 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game. He continued to evolve as a threat from deep, converting a career-high 1.2 three-pointers per contest while shooting 34.8 percent from beyond the arc -- the second-best mark of his career. Williams notched a season-high 30 points against Washington on Nov. 2, setting career highs with 15 free-throw makes on 17 attempts. In the postseason, he averaged 25.9 minutes in the 76ers' five-game first-round playoff battle against Miami. In those contests, Williams posted per-game averages of 10.8 points and 3.0 assists.

2009

For the first time in his career, Lou Williams moved into the starting lineup during the 2009-10 campaign. He played 38 of his 64 games as a starter and averaged a career-best 29.8 minutes per contest. A slew of personal highs followed, including per-game averages of 14.0 points, 2.9 rebounds and 4.2 assists. Williams' accuracy also improved to career-high levels as he shot 47.0 percent from the field and 82.4 percent from the free-throw line. He notched the first two double-doubles of his career during the season, including a 27-point, 10-rebound, seven-assist performance against the Knicks on Oct. 31 during which he shot 10-for-12 from the field. Williams again totaled 10 rebounds and seven assists while scoring 26 points in a victory over Golden State on Feb. 23. The 6-foot-1 guard scored a career-high 31 points against the Grizzlies on Nov. 20.

2008

Philadelphia committed to Lou Williams by signing him to a five-year contract prior to the start of the 2008-09 campaign. The 2005 second-round draft pick responded by playing in all but one game during the regular season and averaging a career-high 23.7 minutes per contest. Williams' 12.8 points per game was also the best mark of his career, and he added to his scoring with per-game averages of 2.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists. The 6-foot-1 guard established a career high with 26 points against the Wizards on Dec. 19, adding four assists and one steal in the win. In the postseason, Williams again played in all six games during the 76ers first-round loss, this time to Orlando. During the series, he averaged 9.7 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists per contest.

2007

Lou Williams' role with Philadelphia expanded significantly in his third campaign. He played in all but two games during the regular season and averaged a career-high 23.3 minutes per contest. Accordingly, the 6-foot-1 guard posted across-the-board statistical improvement, including per-game averages of 11.5 points, 2.1 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 0.7 three-pointers. He shot 42.4 percent from the field while making a career-best 35.9 percent from deep and 78.3 percent from the free-throw line. Williams enjoyed the finest game of his career against the Wizards on Nov. 20, making 10-of-13 shots from the field -- including all four attempts from three-point range -- en route to a career-high 25 points. Williams also got his first taste of the postseason, playing in all six games during Philadelphia's first-round playoff loss to Detroit. In those six contests, he posted per-game averages of 12.0 points and 2.0 assists.

2006

Lou Williams gave observers a taste of his scoring and passing skills in the 2006 Summer League where he averaged 22.0 points and 5.2 assists in six games. He proceeded to play 61 contests with the 76ers during his sophomore campaign, more than doubling his rookie-season playing time to 11.3 minutes per game. Williams posted per-game averages of 4.3 points and 1.8 assists during the season while shooting 44.1% from the field. That equated to a healthy line of 13.7 points and 5.8 assists per 36 minutes. Williams received increased playing time near the end of the campaign and responded by averaging 13.5 points and 5.0 assists over his final six games. Among those performances was a back-to-back set on April 10 and 11 during which Williams scored a career-high 18 points in each game. He also notched a career-best eight assists in the April 11 win over Boston.

2005

Williams was selected by the 76ers with the 15th pick in the second round of the 2005 NBA Draft (45th overall). He received limited court time during his rookie season, playing 30 games and averaging 4.8 minutes per contest. In his NBA debut, he made his only field-goal attempt and scored two points against Detroit on Nov. 2. In a game against Phoenix on Jan. 31, Williams tallied a season-best nine points while making all three of his field-goal attempts and both of his tries from the charity stripe. Three days later, the 6-foot-1 guard set his season high with three rebounds while scoring six points and dishing out two assists against the Pistons. Overall, Williams posted per-game averages of 1.9 points, 0.6 rebounds and 0.3 assists during his rookie campaign.

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Outside of a brief, hot-wings-related suspension during the bubble, Williams' 15th NBA season was largely a positive one. Filling his typical sixth-man role (he started just eight times in 65 games), he played 28.7 minutes per game -- the fourth-highest total of his career. His numbers dipped slightly from the previous season, but he remained quite an effective weapon off the bench. His points per game tally fell from 20.0 to 18.2 (still the third-best mark of his career), but that appears to be mostly due to a drop in his usage rate from 32.4 percent to 28.4 percent. That's an understandable shift given the talent the Clippers brought in over the offseason. His effectiveness in his possessions actually increased by a tiny margin, as his effective field goal percentage rose from 47.1 percent to 47.7 percent. His three-point percentage dipped from 36.1 percent to 35.2 percent, though that came on 4.8 attempts per game, up from 3.9 the previous season. He also recorded a career-best 5.6 assists per game. Age will eventually come calling for the 33-year-old, but he's shown no signs of slowing down in recent years and should remain a capable contributor in the upcoming season.
Williams is coming off the two most productive seasons of his NBA career with the Clippers, and he most recently averaged 20.0 points and a career-high 5.4 assists across 26.6 minutes per game on his way to winning the league's Sixth Man of the Year award. On top of all that, he shot at least 36 percent from behind the arc for the third straight year. Now, after two years of being the top scoring option in Los Angeles, things are about to change dramatically for Williams with the arrival of superstars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George to the west coast in what was a franchise-altering offseason for the Clippers. While Williams' minutes load will probably remain relatively unchanged with the team's backcourt personnel staying the same as last season, the scoring burden on the 32-year-old's shoulders will be drastically lighter with Leonard and George serving as two of the league's most elite offensive players. Williams, as he always has been wherever he's playing, will undoubtedly be the leader of the team's second unit, but his value will likely resemble that of the last two seasons only when, and if, he is ever on the floor without either Leonard or George.
Despite coming off the bench for much of the 2017-18 season, Williams was essentially a starter considering his 32.8 minutes per game. He actually averaged a career-high 22.6 points per game, which matched Blake Griffin's scoring output in the 33 games he spent with the Clippers before being dealt to the Pistons at the trade deadline. Along with his impressive point totals, Williams was also a threat from deep whenever he touched the ball, hitting 2.4 three-pointers at a 35.9 percent clip. He also chipped in with some valuable secondary statistics, adding 5.3 assists, 2.5 rebounds and 1.1 steals, which made him a very intriguing Fantasy option across a plethora of different formats. It also earned him Sixth Man of the Year honors over other deserving candidates like Eric Gordon and Fred VanVleet. With Griffin out of the picture for the entire season and DeAndre Jordan leaving during free agency, Williams will be the clear cut No. 1 option on offense whenever he touches the floor, with the likes of Tobias Harris and Danilo Gallinari coming in as a close second and third. Whether he comes off the bench or moves into a starting position, it likely won't matter much, as Williams is still going to get as many minutes as he can handle. Look for him to come off the board in the top 50 picks of most drafts, which should result in a selection in the early middle rounds of standard leagues.
Williams spent last season on two different teams, having been dealt from the Lakers to the Rockets at the trade deadline. The runner-up for the Sixth Man of the Year award, Williams averaged a career-high 17.5 points per game on 42.9 percent from the field and 36.5 percent from deep across 24.6 minutes per game. He’ll now be joining the new-look Clippers, who have a relatively weak backcourt after trading Chris Paul to the Rockets. That said, it remains to be seen if he’ll be the starting shooting guard from day one. Coach Doc Rivers could opt to go a different direction and start Austin Rivers, Patrick Beverley or Milos Teodosic in that slot, bringing Williams off the bench as a sparkplug -- a role with which he's very familar. Regardless, it seems plausible that Williams will eclipse the workload he saw last season. As a result, Williams' overall value should remain fairly stable.
Since entering the league in 2005, Williams has built a reputation as a high-usage bench player in the mold of Jamal Crawford. After claiming the 2014-15 Sixth Man of the Year Award with the Raptors, Williams joined the cellar-dwelling Lakers on a three-year deal last summer. Williams didn't let his new team's rebuilding effort get in the way of his production, averaging 15.3 points, 2.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.6 three-pointers across 28.5 minutes per game, while picking up starts in 35 of his 67 games along the way. More than ever before in his career, Williams showed a greater willingness to attack the rim, aiding him to a career-high 6.3 free-throw attempts per game, which he hit at an 83 percent clip. Expect Williams to continue dominating possessions whenever he's on the floor, but he could be at risk of losing more court time in 2016-17. With D'Angelo Russell stepping into a full-time starting role and the Lakers adding No. 2 overall pick Brandon Ingram and veteran Jose Calderon to the backcourt mix, it's difficult to envision Williams regularly pushing for upwards of 30 minutes on a given night.
The NBA's reigning Sixth Man Of The Year finds himself in not just a different situation but a different country, leaving the Raptors for the warmer weather of Los Angeles. Although he heads to a worse team overall, it can be argued that his playing time and role is more up for debate than what it was in Toronto. Kobe Bryant, Nick Young, Jordan Clarkson, and number two overall draft pick, D'Angelo Russell will be pressing their claims for minutes in the backcourt, so Williams may find it difficult to improve on his 2014-15 output. In saying that, Williams was able to accumulate nice stats in limited minutes in Toronto, averaging just 25 minutes in the 80 games he played. In those games, Williams averaged 15.5 points, 1.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.1 blocks, and 1.9 three-pointers, shooting 40 percent from the field and 86 percent from the charity stripe. Williams' fantasy value clearly comes from his role as a scorer and three-point shooter, as well as being a knock down free-throw shooter, and he should be able to continue excelling in those areas in his new zip code. Now two seasons removed from a torn ACL, Williams has no immediate health concerns heading into his 11th NBA season.
Williams returned from a torn ACL to play 60 games for the Hawks last season, but he didn't look like the same scoring threat off the bench that he'd been prior to the injury. The combo guard finished his ninth NBA season averaging 10.4 points, 3.5 assists, 2.1 rebounds, 1.3 three-pointers, and 0.8 steals in 24 minutes per game, with shooting percentages of 40 percent from the floor, 85 percent from the free-throw line, and 34 percent from beyond the arc. Traded to the Raptors in a cap-clearing deal for John Salmons, Williams will primarily back up DeMar DeRozan at the two and add more long-distance shooting to an already strong Toronto second unit. Minutes could be hard to come by in his new role, as DeRozan logs heavy court time, and the duo of Kyle Lowry and Greivis Vasquez will see most of the action at point guard, but given that DeRozan will have a shortened offseason due to his participation in the World Cup, and Lowry has had trouble staying healthy in the past, there will likely be opportunities during the season for Williams to get some run.
Williams played starter minutes as the Hawks' sixth man in 40 games before missing half the season with a knee injury. He is a dynamic scorer when on the court, but this season's largest question mark at present. If he misses another 40 games this season, it could open the door for younger players to embrace bigger roles earlier than expected. Midway through the preseason, Williams is on pace to return to the lineup before the 2014 All-Star break.
Despite coming off the bench last season, Williams led the 76ers in scoring at 14.9 points per game, as the team relied more on an ensemble cast than one true star. He signed a multi-year deal with his hometown Atlanta Hawks during the offseason and should continue to be used in a bench role with Jeff Teague and Devin Harris on the roster. That doesn’t necessarily mean a diminished role for Williams, who still managed to see 26.3 minutes per game last season backing up Jrue Holiday. As a starter or a sixth man, Williams should get extensive use by the Hawks for his abilities as a pure scorer, with Teague and Harris being facilitator types. Williams isn’t expected to help in many categories beyond scoring and three-point shooting, but he does those things very well and should see ample opportunity to showcase those strengths with the Hawks. Be aware that his scoring does come with a shooting percentage that has typically hovered in the low 40-percent range.
A solid back-up point guard entering his seventh season, Williams played well last year, averaging 13.7 points and 3.4 assists per game. He's not a great shooter, but he can score if gets opportunities. Look for Williams to be in the same role as last season, possibly playing a little less due to the continued growth of Jrue Holiday.
Evan Turner and incumbent Jrue Holiday are the likely starting backcourt barring an injury. Williams should end up serving as the primary backup point guard while also seeing some action at the two.
Andre Miller�s departure to points West means Williams inherits the Sixers� starting point guard spot� at least until rookie Jrue Holiday is ready to take on a larger role. Williams is more of a hybrid scoring guard than a natural point at this stage of his career � and though he�s entering his fifth NBA season, he�ll be just 23 when the season starts � younger than some of the rookies that were drafted in June � so there�s still time for him to develop. And develop he must, if he hopes to hang on to a starting job. Last season�s assist-to-turnover numbers (3.0 apg, 1.9 turnovers) won�t cut it. But as a scoring lead guard, Williams has real potential to blow up this season. Other scoring guards have done very well playing in Eddie Jordan�s offense� like a certain Mr. Arenas. If Williams develops into half the scorer Agent Zero was before his injury troubles, Philly management � and fantasy owners � will be thrilled.
The 76ers re-signed Williams to a five-year deal, a clear show of confidence in the quick, slashing point-guard’s scoring and ball-handling ability. It’s unclear, however, whether they view him as the point guard of the future, or as a hybrid guard who can light it up when the team needs a lift. Williams averaged 11.5 points and 9.4 shots in 23.3 minutes per game, and the point-guard instincts aren’t there yet – he turns the ball over (3.2/1.6 A/TO) too often. Andre Miller is entrenched at the one for this season, so expect Williams to provide instant offense at the two or off the bench.
Williams averaged just 11.1 minutes per game last season, but the team expects him to double his production this coming season in terms of scoring and playing time. If he plays well and shows marked improvement, he could steal time from Andre Miller and possibly make him expendable. Williams, who had a strong showing in the Las Vegas summer league, is worth a late look in deeper leagues.
Williams will look to use his year of NBA experience and added maturity to gain more minutes on the court and be a contributor for the Sixers during 2006-07. He showcased some terrific offensive skills during the Rocky Mountain Revue and shows the promise to be a major contributor in the NBA in the future. Williams can play both guard positions, but will primarily at the point position for the Sixers and will split time with Ollie and Green in backing up Iverson.
Green's season-ending injury leaves an opening for Williams to step in and contribute immediately. While he's fresh out of high school and needs to improve his shot, he could see regular minutes if he impresses in training camp.
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Starting with Young out
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Williams will start Tuesday's Game 4 against the Bucks, Sarah K. Spencer of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
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