Best Sixth Man of All Time?

Williams Passes Curry

Lou William Surpasses Curry, Most Points off the Bench in NBA History

For the last 14 seasons since he joined the NBA, the term ‘bench production’ and ‘sixth man’ has been synonymous with the name, Lou Williams! He has played for six different NBA franchises, but wherever he has gone, he has always had the same role and produced off the bench.

He is a two-time winner of the NBA Sixth Man of the Year award, and the favourite to win the award this season, averaging 22.6 points per game for the Clippers. Amazingly, in his 14thseason, he is having arguably the best season of his career.

Last night, on top of scoring 34 points and leading the Clippers to an impressive victory over the Celtics, Williams passed Dell Curry and became the all-time leading bench points scorer.

“Anytime you can say to have ‘of all time’ next to your name, no matter what it is, it’s special,” Williams said. “With being a sixth man and being a career bench player, to have an opportunity to be something that says ever at the end of it is special to me.”

It’s amazing,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said before last night’s game. “If you’re anything that ends in ‘ever’ in the NBA, that’s pretty impressive. The way Lou does it with his size and his shot, but more importantly how much he finishes in the paint, I think that is what surprises me the most since coaching him is how often he gets in the paint and finishes over bigs. It’s just remarkable.”

“He’s our leader,” teammate Pat Beverley said. “He’s so smooth. He doesn’t shy away from the big moment…I think he’s the only person in this locker room that can calm me down and that’s big time because a lot of people can’t. When Lou talks, we listen.”

Not many players would be fond of a career-long bench role, but for Lou Williams, “I’ve always embraced it. I think that is what makes it special. That is part of my legacy as well. That is part of what people will remember me for, so you might as well be the best at that.”


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