01/21/11 1:02 pm EST
When a sports franchise is under .500, fans of the team are keen on putting their two cents in on why things aren’t running so smoothly. In particular, people will clamor about how the roles of certain reserve players should be increased. And with the way the Sixers bench has been scoring in this 2010-2011 season, calls for lineup changes are filling up the message boards, blogs and even the newspapers.
Over the past week, Lou Williams-fever in Philadelphia has reached its boiling point and rightfully so. The reserve guard’s 20-point performances and late game heroics this week against Milwaukee and Charlotte won the 76ers two ball games at home. Had these two contests gone the other way, they would have been devastating blows to this season. So Williams and his supporters probably believe they have legitimate reasons to call for more playing time recently.
On the surface of the stat sheet (18.75 ppg. & 3.2 apg. in his last 8 games), it looks like Williams is a player Philadelphia could not live without, but we here at Philadunkia have been covering this team for a while and we have yet to see Lou Williams “come through” on a consistent basis and thus warrant the minutes and shots he is currently receiving.
In our opinion, Louis is what he is — a very good 6th man who can provide significant offensive punch, but that’s it. So before the Louis Williams fever hits epidemic proportions in the City of Brotherly Love, we thought it was time for a reality check.
Using our friends from Basketball-Reference, I’ve come up with a chart to compare Williams to six other NBA guards who play in a reserve role and to be honest, the numbers don’t look good for Louis.