The NBA announced Monday afternoon that Toronto Raptors guard Lou Williams has been named the 2015 Sixth Man of the Year.
— NBA (@NBA) April 20, 2015
Williams, who the Atlanta Hawks traded to the Toronto Raptors last summer alongside Lucas Nogueria in exchange for John Salmons, was the Eastern Conference Player of the Week in late November. And Williams didn’t stop producing.
The 28-year-old reserve tallied a career-best 15.5 points per game on a 40.4 percent mark from the field, adding 2.1 assists and 1.1 steals. According to Basketball-Reference.com, he posted a team-high plus-7.1 on-court split.
Williams appeared in 80 games, logging an average of 25.2 minutes for the NBA’s fifth-best bench, per hoopsstats.com.
Toronto is currently battling the Washington Wizards in the first round of the 2015 NBA playoffs, and Williams’ spear-heading of the second unit is a key to the Raptors’ potential success behind All-Star Kyle Lowry.
According to Bleacher Report’s Jared Zwerling, Williams finished in front of Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas, Los Angeles Clippers guard Jamal Crawford, Golden State Warriors swingman Andre Iguodala and Chicago Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic.
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