REPORT CARD: LOUIS WILLIAMS

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”.

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