Lou Williams And The Sixers Are Exchanging Money For Services

31 Jul

Lou Williams, decent sixth man and emerging youngish-type guard, has just signed on with the Philadelphia 76ers for five more years. The deal is allegedly worth 25 million dollars. This is a terrific deal for the Sixers. They lock Williams up fairly cheap during what could be his biggest growth years. He’s been on the team since being drafted out of high school in 2005, and only turns 22 in October. Being that young and learning while playing against the best competition in the world can only help in one’s development. College is great for some, but not for all. Just look at how he started producing last season:

11.5 points, 3.2 assists, 2.1 rebounds, 1.0 steals in 23.3 minutes
42.4% FG, 35.9% 3pt, 78.3 FT

The only stat there that looks out of whack is the field goal percentage, and that’s not really that out of line with most swing-type guards. He does need to learn how to run the offense more if they are planning on putting him at the point after Andre Miller leaves. However, he has time for that, and the improvements he made last season with his ability to get the hoop were sufficient for my tastes. Having him locked up during his prime years can only lead to the goodness.


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