La — When Lou Williams started his pro career in 2005 coming off the bench in Philadelphiahe believed some”resentment” and a burning need to prove people wrong about his book role.
Twenty seasons afterwards, Williams isn’t just the reigning Sixth Man of the Year but today he’s scored more points off the bench than anyone in NBA history.
“Anytime you are able to say to have’of all time’ next to your name, no matter what it is, it’s special,” Williams said to become the NBA’s most prolific scorer off the bench. “Being a man and being a livelihood bench player, with the opportunity to be something which says ever at the ending of this is special to me personally “
Williams is on a complete tear as the Clippers continue their surprising run for a play off spot in the Western Convention.
This came after he became the first reserve in NBA history to own 40 points, seven rebounds, five assists and four steals on Friday at a win over Oklahoma City.
“He is really crafty, really smart, managed to score forever,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens stated. “I walked into an open gym while he was in senior high school. He walked into just a little bit late and ‘Check chunk,’ and killed everyone.
“He has been this way his whole NBA livelihood. He walks just dents. He includes a special knack for this “
Williams entered the nighttime trailing Curry (11,147) from 27 points. He handed Clipper Jamal Crawford for next all-time with the win on the Thunder on Friday.
That performance marked Williams’ 28th career game with 30 or more points, the maximum with a bench player since data for book scoring started being monitored in 1970-71. Williams entered the night leading the NBA among all reserves in scoring with a 20.2 points per game average.
“If you’re something that ends in’ever’ from the NBA, that’s pretty striking. … The way Lou does it using his own size and his shot, however more importantly how he finishes at the paint, I think this is what surprises me the most since training him is how often he gets into the paint and finishes over bigs. It’s just remarkable.”
Throughout his 14 seasons, Williams has started only 109 matches out of a total of 923 competitions. Williams said he chose to adopt his book role initially appearing to prove people wrong.
“It took sometime, this type of shot some resentment,” Williams said of adopting coming off the bench. “If you think I must come off the bench, I am likely to put you in a position to try to prove you wrong. Then after a few years, it was kind of fun and through time it was my makeup”
Rivers said the most unexpected point about Williams is the direction at the Clippers’ lockerroom.
“He is our leader,” team mate Pat Beverley said. “He is so eloquent. He doesn’t shy away from the major moment. … I presume he is the only man in this locker room which can calm me down and that’s big time because lots of people can’t. When Lou talks, we listen”
“I’ve always embraced my role,” Williams stated. “I think that’s what makes it special. That is part of my legacy also. That is a portion of what people will remember me for so you might as well be the most useful in the.”
Info from ESPN’s Tim Bontemps was used in this report.