The blow by Wade and banging on Udonis Haslem was nice. What’s more impressive is the rapid development of Louis Williams as a real baller for the Sixers. At 21-years-old, plenty of potential and his contract expiring this summer, Lou has made a strong case for signing him to a long-term deal.
- 3pt%, FT%, RPG, APG and PPG has each increased over his first 3 seasons.
- Williams is scoring 19.5 per 40 minutes
- His player efficiency rating (PER) at 17.73 is above league average and has also increased every season.
With that said the big question is can he run this team and play the point effectively? As a natural scorer and pass-second guard, he will need to improve his ability to penetrate with the goal of finding teammates, limit his turnovers and adapt the score-first game he is accustomed to playing. I believe he can. Hopefully he is learning the in’s-and-out’s from a perfect example in Andre Miller. At 6’1 his long-term career and significant minutes will be found playing the point, not as a wing scorer.
For the Sixers, Lou represents a tremendous asset and opportunity. With the expectation of Miller being traded, Lou can immediately fill that spot and allow Stefanski to focus on bringing in a dynamic shooting guard and the dominant post scorer this team is in desperate need of.