Clippers Williams Wins Sixth Man Award

 L.A. Clippers Lou Williams won the NBA Sixth Man of the Year award for the third time. (courtesy photo)
L.A. Clippers Lou Williams won the NBA Sixth Man of the Year award for the third time. (courtesy photo)

By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer

It was another award for L.A. Clippers’ guard Lou Williams. He was recently named winner of the 2018-19 Kia Sixth Man of the Year Award. It was the second consecutive year and the third time he has won the award. Williams and former Clipper guard Jamal Crawford are the only NBA players to have won the award three times in a career.

This year’s award is special to the man from South Gwinnett High in Georgia.

“Four years ago I thought I was done,” said Williams. “I thought I was coming to the end of the road in my career. I came to L.A. and I was in an environment where I was revitalized. I felt I had something to prove.’’

Williams broke some milestones this season as he became the NBA’s all-time leading reserve scorer. He also became the only player in NBA history to average 20 plus points in under 27 minutes per game. He averaged 20.0 points, 5.4 assists and 3.0 rebounds per game. He and teammate and fellow Sixth Man of the Year nominee Montrezl Harrell became the highest scoring bench duo in a single season in NBA history.

The NBA Kia Sixth Man of the Year is voted on by a panel of sportscasters, editors and broadcasters.

Williams also gave credit to Clippers head coach Doc Rivers. “I think he understands how important a bench is for a team to make successful runs,“ said Williams. He‘s bottled that up, he understands what get’s the most out of his guys.”