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Lou Williams: Underpaid and Undervalued

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Lou Williams despite his play on the court does not get the respect he deserves.

Lou Williams won his third sixth man of the year award after his performance in the 2018-19 season. And when you look at his performance this season it is not surprising. However, Williams is even better than the award suggests.

Williams is a rare talent in the NBA that does not mind taking a backseat to other players. This is the type of player that is necessary on a championship team. There are many players in the NBA that want to be the face of a franchise and that are not better than Williams. Most, if not all, secondary offensive options on most NBA teams are not as good as Williams. In this respect, Williams has an old school approach to basketball and the NBA. This a refreshing aspect of his game.

Williams played like an All-Star all season for the Los Angeles Clippers. This season, Williams is playing 26.5 MPG and averaging 20.3 PPG. And last season, Williams played 32.8 MPG and averaged 22.6 PPG. When Healthy, he is arguably one of the top 10 point guards in the NBA. This season, Lou Williams is averaging more PPG than Jimmy Butler, Ben Simmons, Chris Paul, Tim Hardaway Jr, and DE'AARON FOX.

At the end of last season, Lou Williams signed a 3 year / $24,000,000 contract with the Los Angeles Clippers that extends to 2020-21. Which was a great deal for the Clippers! Considering what some NBA players are paid these days, the Clippers got a deal with Lou Williams. This again is an old school feature of Williams.

For example, Tim Hardaway Jr plays 9 MPG than Lou Williams and averages fewer points. And yet he costs the Mavericks an additional $10 million dollars a year. However, Hardaway remains a solid player.

Williams is paid less than Rajon Rondo or Trevor Ariza. He is also as good as both of the aforementioned players. With Williams, the Clippers have the least expensive All-star in the NBA and room to add more parts to their roster in the future. Looks like the Clippers win again!

After Lou's game 5 performance in the first round of the 2019 NBA playoffs, Patrick Beverley further praises Lou Williams.

“He is a killer man. You know I have done guarded the best of them. I see him every day in practice man. I mean he is a real killer man. He goes up with some of the best scorers in the NBA...I think he should be up there with some of the superstar players in this league. He is doing it day in and day out.”

Patrick Beverley, Lou Williams’s teammate, praised his performance after the Clippers lost in game 6 against the Warriors.

“Lou has been carrying us all year. You know of course, off the bench, game winners. You know if we are down in a situation we give Lou Williams the ball...we would not be here if it was not for Lou.”

Patrick Beverley would know, he is one of the best defenders in the NBA.

Williams plays better on the road than he does at home. In the first round against the Golden State Warriors, at the Staples Center, Lou Williams averaged 31.3 PPG, 10 APG, .500 3P%, and .582 FG% while playing only 33 MPG. This is a mark of great players. To put this in perspective, James Harden this playoffs is averaging 31.6 PPG, 6.6 APG, .35 3P%, and .413 FG% while playing roughly 39 MPG. Lou Williams has shown that he can lead a team. Why did the Rockets trade Lou Williams again?

Based on his high school and youth performance in Georgia, in Atlanta, he is considered by many in the NBA to be the greatest basketball player ever. No exaggeration. Williams is a legend in Atlanta and is often called the underground GOAT.

Williams is not only the most underpaid player in the NBA, but he may also be the most underrated player in the NBA. Looks like the Clippers win again. Lou Williams despite his play on the court does not get the respect he deserves. However, this may change now the Los Angeles Clippers have a chance to sign Kawhi Leonard and/or Kevin Durant.


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