REPORT CARD: LOUIS WILLIAMS

Posted by: Matt Swiman
06/19/12 1:49 pm EST

Oh Sweet Lou, what to do with you?

Your deliver the highest of highs along with the lowest of lows and now you may be on your way out of town.

The Sixers leading scorer (Though he came off the bench.) had arguably the best season of his career and finished second behind James Harden for the 2011-2012 6th Man of the Year Award.  He provided instant offense for the scoring challenged 7-6, played point guard for Doug Collins when needed and hit a some big shots over the course of the season. 

So one would think that Louis Williams would be getting at least a grade of “A” from the scribes here at Philadunkia for his performance in the 2011-12 season.

After the jump, you’ll learn why that’s not going to happen. 

Again, the 2011-2012 campaign for Lou Williams was arguably his best in a 76ers uniform.  Take a look at his stats from this year.  He averaged a career high 14.9 points per contest while also posting his lowest number of turnovers per game (1.11) since his 2nd season with the Sixers.  Additionally, Lou hit a career best 36% from behind the arc this season.  As a bonus, he continued to get to the line often as he was 23rd in the NBA in free throw attempts at 292, which is spectacular considering the fact that he only logged 26 minutes a game.  Williams was 5th in the NBA in assists per turnover ratio, which shows that under Doug Collins he has learned to value the ball.  Another area where LW excelled this season was driving the ball to the hoop.  On a team that too frequently settled for long two-point shots, Williams was one player who consistently attempted to get into the paint for easy scores or and a trip to the free throw line. 

Just a quick look at Lou’s per 36 minute statistics of show what Lou would most likely provide if Doug Collins decided to play him more than his 26 minutes a game.  His per 36 minute averages are, 20.5 points per game, 4.7 assists and 3.3 rebounds. His scoring is done very quickly, and with 10 extra minutes per game he could easily average 20 points per game and give the Sixers a prominent scorer.

Now having read all of the above glowing stats and positive items, one would think that Lou would be receiving an “A” for this past season.  Yet we can not give that high level grade to Williams and the reasons why are simple.  Despite having the best statistical year of his career, Louis Williams is still Louis Williams.  Which means his shot selection is still highly questionable and he plays no defense. 

To be honest there were times this season where he alone shot the Sixers out of games.  We realize that good shooters (or scorers) never stop shooting, it’s one of the unwritten rules of hoops, but there were games this year where we just wanted Collins to pull Louis out of the game and send him to the locker room, because that was the only way LW would stop jacking up shots.  Williams’ inability to realize that on certain nights he just doesn’t have it and then defer to teammates is mind-blowing to us.

On the defensive end, well, let’s just say Louis is and likely always will be a liability and leave it at that…

The final item knocking LW’s grade down from the “A” the stats and on-the-surface review of his season say he deserves was the disappearing act he pulled in the playoffs.  The Sixers got almost nothing from Louis during their playoff run and that was especially true when they need him most — in Games 5, 6 and 7 vs. Boston.  In those three HUGE contests, LW was 10-32 from the field, 0-8 on 3PAs and averaged a measly 9 ppg. over that stretch.  That’s an unacceptable performance from your team’s leading scorer and the runner-up for 6th Man of the Year Award.    

So, for the 2011-2012 season Louis Williams gets a “B”.


 
 
 

7 Responses to “REPORT CARD: LOUIS WILLIAMS”

  1. matt.G
    19. June 2012 at 16:53

    Lou will is my favorite player in the league, and one of my favorite rappers ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_PpL9ZbHMU&feature=g-like )
    To lose him would be taking a step back . I believe he is more valuable than thad therefore he deserves at least the same contract .. he’s fearless and he’s a great representative of the city of Philadelphia!!!! If we lose him I would be deeply hurt ..

  2. Jack Kerfoot
    20. June 2012 at 01:37

    With this assessment in mind, do the 76′ers try and sign him as a free agent or is their money better spent elsewhere?

  3. Cameiros
    20. June 2012 at 12:41

    Lou Will would have been the perfect trade bait if the Sixers still controlled him. A lot of teams would want that instant O, and they’d skip past his bad D.

    Too bad they’re just going to lose him.

  4. ken
    20. June 2012 at 17:02

    jack it all depends on who and what they do in the draft bc who and what they do in the draft depends on who they go after in free agency and what kind of money they will have to work with. personally i think we can find for cheaper either through free agency or the draft or a trade a player that has a better shooting percentage and plays better d bc thats what this team needs and is about better shooters and good d

  5. wop
    21. June 2012 at 04:36

    let go of lou & spence,amnesty elton,trade iggy to move up on d draft,& select drummond or leonard,& keep d 15th pick & get t.ross,& sign lavoy.then develop & improve jrue & evan along side lavoy & d rookies…maybe n a couple of yrs sixers wil bcome legit contenders,w? jrue evan terrence ross lavoy & andre drummond,i wish this wil happen starting this june 28,2012

  6. Sloetry
    21. June 2012 at 08:03

    I think perhaps we need to consider… we know the Sixers don’t have a superstar… so who is an A or A+? Based on skill set, I suppose we can still have someone who is not a superstar but is still playing at A… but when I look down the roster, the only player who stands out as an A to me is….Lavoy Allen, and that’s because he really stepped up. No one else has shown any consistency to merit an A. Sure, Thad maybe during the regular season, but the playoffs?

    It’s a roster of a lot of B’s. That’s not to be critical of the players either, and the youth and upside/potential is a different matter. But with so many B’s reshaping the team has to be carefully considered. Who is likely to go from B to A? These are the keepers.

  7. Salis
    22. June 2012 at 13:29

    LET HIM GO!!!!!!!!!!!

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