NBA veteran guard, Lou Williams, has been announced as the 2018 NBA 6th Man of the Year. This will be the second time Williams will have received this award, being named previously with the Toronto Raptors in 2015. Williams had a stellar 2017/18 season reaching career high stats of 22.6 PPG, 5.3 APG and 2.5 RPG, while averaging 24.4 minutes.
Williams has been a secret weapon for many teams in his 13-year career, showcasing the skill set any true NBA team would adore in a 6th man. After being named Western Conference Player of the Week twice and being the highest scoring NBA player in the month of December, Williams had a strong fight in the 2018 NBA All Star run, which is almost unheard of for a bench player.
Williams single handedly kept an injury-stricken Clippers team alive and in the playoff run. After scoring his career-high of 50-points at the age of 31 against the reigning NBA Champions,Golden State Warriors, Williams was proven to be one of the top scoring athletes in the league.
“I’m grateful to hold this title for a second time in my NBA career. I’ve always stayed true to being considered the ‘Underdog’ that my teammates can turn to for efficient scoring off the bench. It’s a great feeling to be recognized for my hard work and dedication to my role and the game.” Williams states, “I also want to congratulate Eric Gordon and Fred VanVleet as well for their great performance this past season. Thank you NBA and KIA.” Williams continues to grow and improve in his years in the NBA, proving he is still a major force to face in professional basketball.