Lou Williams Out For Season With Torn ACL
Bad news for the Hawks came Saturday afternoon, after an MRI revealed Lou Williams had torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during Friday night’s game against the Nets in Brooklyn.
While a torn ACL is no longer the kind of career-threatening injury it once was, it still requires pretty extensive recovery time and will force Williams to miss the rest of this season for certain.
It’s a tough blow no doubt, as LouWill had established himself as not only one of the team’s most potent scorers but a leader in the locker room.
Head coach Larry Drew spoke about Lou’s impact on the team in his first few months back in his native Atlanta and how the team will have to step up in his absence.
Someone will have to step up — that much we know. But who will be the player to rise to the occasion? At first glance, I’d expect to see rookie John Jenkins get an opportunity to earn a good bit of Lou’s playing time. While Jenkins doesn’t possess Williams’ abilities as a floor leader (at least not yet), he is already one of the best shooters on the team — and that’s saying something, considering Kyle Korver and Anthony Morrow‘s shooting talents.
Jenkins has had a few decent scoring nights in the limited opportunities he’s had so far, and the stats show he is capable of filling a good amount of Williams production as a scorer. Whereas Williams averaged 19.4 points per 40 minutes, Jenkins is averaging 15.3. It’s a small sample size, but it’s a good place to start.
In the meantime, Lou Williams will prepare for knee surgery and then begin his rehabilitation, and the team will hopefully have LouWillVille open for business to start 2013-14.