The Season and the Future of Lou Williams
We’re taking a look back at the season that was for each member of the Atlanta Hawks, as well as a sneak peek into what the future might hold. Today it’s Lou Williams.
The season: Lou Williams’ first season in Atlanta ended with a disappointing ACL injury after just 39 games. The guard, who started nine of those 39 for the Hawks, was just getting into his rhythm with the team and becoming a legitimate scoring threat when he went down. The Hawks weren’t the same afterwards, as they struggled to find depth at the point guard position.
Williams finished fourth on the team in scoring and shot a career-best 37 percent from three-point range during the abbreviated season. He also shot a career-best 87 percent from the free throw line and handed out nearly four assists per game. The most impressive thing about Williams was that he did it mostly off the bench. When Larry Drew went to the second unit, Williams provided the most reliable scoring option.
The future: Williams is spending the summer recovering and rehabilitating after the ACL tear and hopes to be ready for training camp in October. He said after the season that he likes the way the Hawks have treated him and is excited to be back for what he hopes will be a full, healthy second go-round.
Much like the other players, Williams’ role on the team depends largely on what Danny Ferry does in the offseason. Both the draft and free agency open the door for a lot of possibilities, but one thing we do know is Williams definitely will have a role. He’s a guard who can create his own shot, get the ball to the rim and find open teammates. He’s spent his entire career as a sixth man, and that’s a role he’s clearly comfortable with. The Hawks should do a lot of damage if he stays healthy this season.
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