Atlanta Hawks: Lou Williams brings extra scoring to Hawks

The Atlanta Hawks and Magic Metropolis simply went up.

Final week, the Hawks traded Rajon Rondo to the Los Angeles Clippers for two-time sixth man of the yr Lou Williams.

Williams is again on the place the place he performed in highschool (South Gwinnett), and likewise his second stint with the Hawks.

From 2012-2014, Williams was an enormous contributor off the Hawks bench as he averaged 11.9 factors in these two seasons. Since then, he’s been performed for 4 totally different groups, received two sixth man of the yr awards, and has a wing named after himself at a strip membership in Atlanta.

It’s apparent he’s been successful on and off the court docket.

The Atlanta Hawks are searching for Williams to supply extra scoring off their bench, and probably run the offense as properly. He presently ranks thirteenth within the NBA in scoring amongst bench gamers. Pencil in Williams with a totally wholesome Hawks squad and you’ve got an offensive group of Williams-Gallinari-Huerter-Snell within the second unit.

Williams can rating from all ranges of the court docket, and most significantly from three the place he’s capturing 38.0 % this season. That is what the Hawks shall be working with off the bench so far as 3-point proportion:

In different phrases, they need to be capturing lights out for the remainder of the season.

Like Trae Younger, Williams is well-known for creating contact and attending to the road. There’s positively been a decline this season in his makes an attempt (second-lowest FTA in his profession), however he’s proven all through the years that he’s able to getting straightforward factors.

Playmaking is one thing that has developed in Williams’ sport lately, largely do the two-man sport he established with Montrezl Harrell on the Clippers.

Harrell was an ideal pick-and-roll participant for Williams, as he was good across the basket, and at instances may come out and hit a leap shot. With defenders worrying about Lou capturing or driving, it left Harrell many open alternatives to attain.

Two gamers that needs to be glad about this are John Collins and Clint Capela. The Hawks run loads of decide and roll, and Collins and Capela have been nice across the rim this season. If they will recreate that very same productiveness that Williams had with Harrell, the Hawks shall be in good fingers.

One good factor for Williams is that he received’t must play many minutes with the depth the Hawks have. Bogdan Bogdanovic and Kevin Huerter can run the offense if Trae Younger will not be on the ground, which suggests Williams can play a secondary position. The Hawks can nonetheless make the most of Brandon Goodwin and Skylar Mays at level guard as properly.

Williams famous that he was contemplating retirement after getting traded, however coming house might have modified his thoughts. Like they all the time say, “house is the place the guts is”.

Including Williams and his veteran presence shall be a plus for a Hawks crew that’s attempting to make the playoffs, and it ought to pay dividends within the final two months of the common season.

Perhaps he’ll hook up his Atlanta Hawks teammates with some “LouWill Lemon Pepper BBQ Wings” after the highway journey.

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