Lou Williams was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers with the 15th pick in the second round of the 2005 NBA Draft (45th overall). He received limited court time during his rookie season, playing 30 games and averaging 4.8 minutes per contest. In his NBA debut, he made his only field-goal attempt and scored two points against Detroit on Nov. 2. In a game against Phoenix on Jan. 31, Williams tallied a season-best nine points while making all three of his field-goal attempts and both of his tries from the charity stripe. Three days later, the 6-foot-1 guard set his season high with three rebounds while scoring six points and dishing out two assists against the Pistons. Overall, Williams posted per-game averages of 1.9 points, 0.6 rebounds and 0.3 assists during his rookie campaign.2006
Lou Williams gave observers a taste of his scoring and passing skills in the 2006 Summer League where he averaged 22.0 points and 5.2 assists in six games. He proceeded to play 61 contests with the 76ers during his sophomore campaign, more than doubling his rookie-season playing time to 11.3 minutes per game. Williams posted per-game averages of 4.3 points and 1.8 assists during the season while shooting 44.1% from the field. That equated to a healthy line of 13.7 points and 5.8 assists per 36 minutes. Williams received increased playing time near the end of the campaign and responded by averaging 13.5 points and 5.0 assists over his final six games. Among those performances was a back-to-back set on April 10 and 11 during which Williams scored a career-high 18 points in each game. He also notched a career-best eight assists in the April 11 win over Boston.2007
Lou Williams' role with Philadelphia expanded significantly in his third campaign. He played in all but two games during the regular season and averaged a career-high 23.3 minutes per contest. Accordingly, the 6-foot-1 guard posted across-the-board statistical improvement, including per-game averages of 11.5 points, 2.1 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 0.7 three-pointers. He shot 42.4 percent from the field while making a career-best 35.9 percent from deep and 78.3 percent from the free-throw line. Williams enjoyed the finest game of his career against the Wizards on Nov. 20, making 10-of-13 shots from the field -- including all four attempts from three-point range -- en route to a career-high 25 points. Williams also got his first taste of the postseason, playing in all six games during Philadelphia's first-round playoff loss to Detroit. In those six contests, he posted per-game averages of 12.0 points and 2.0 assists.2008
Philadelphia committed to Lou Williams by signing him to a five-year contract prior to the start of the 2008-09 campaign. The 2005 second-round draft pick responded by playing in all but one game during the regular season and averaging a career-high 23.7 minutes per contest. Williams' 12.8 points per game was also the best mark of his career, and he added to his scoring with per-game averages of 2.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists. The 6-foot-1 guard established a career high with 26 points against the Wizards on Dec. 19, adding four assists and one steal in the win. In the postseason, Williams again played in all six games during the 76ers first-round loss, this time to Orlando. During the series, he averaged 9.7 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists per contest.2009
For the first time in his career, Lou Williams moved into the starting lineup during the 2009-10 campaign. He played 38 of his 64 games as a starter and averaged a career-best 29.8 minutes per contest. A slew of personal highs followed, including per-game averages of 14.0 points, 2.9 rebounds and 4.2 assists. Williams' accuracy also improved to career-high levels as he shot 47.0 percent from the field and 82.4 percent from the free-throw line. He notched the first two double-doubles of his career during the season, including a 27-point, 10-rebound, seven-assist performance against the Knicks on Oct. 31 during which he shot 10-for-12 from the field. Williams again totaled 10 rebounds and seven assists while scoring 26 points in a victory over Golden State on Feb. 23. The 6-foot-1 guard scored a career-high 31 points against the Grizzlies on Nov. 20.2010
Lou Williams reclaimed his sixth-man role during the 2010-11 campaign as he came off the bench during each of the 75 games in which he played. The 6-foot-1 guard continued to post solid offensive numbers, averaging 13.7 points, 2.0 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game. He continued to evolve as a threat from deep, converting a career-high 1.2 three-pointers per contest while shooting 34.8 percent from beyond the arc -- the second-best mark of his career. Williams notched a season-high 30 points against Washington on Nov. 2, setting career highs with 15 free-throw makes on 17 attempts. In the postseason, he averaged 25.9 minutes in the 76ers' five-game first-round playoff battle against Miami. In those contests, Williams posted per-game averages of 10.8 points and 3.0 assists.2011
In his seventh season with Philadelphia, Williams again contributed as the team's sixth man as he came off the bench for each of his 64 games. The 2005 second-round draft pick averaged a career-best 14.9 points per contest, the top mark on the team. He complemented his scoring with per-game averages of 3.5 assists and 2.4 rebounds. Williams continued to grow as a three-point threat, establishing career-best marks of 1.3 treys per game and 36.2 percent shooting from deep. As a testament to his all-around contributions, Williams finished second in Sixth Man of the Year voting following the conclusion of the regular season. The veteran also made key contributions in the playoffs, playing in all 13 of Philadelphia's postseason contests. In those games, Williams averaged 11.5 points, 3.0 assists and 2.1 rebounds. He set a career playoff high with 20 points in a win over Chicago in Game 2 of the opening round.2012
Lou Williams signed with the Atlanta Hawks prior to the 2012-13 campaign, ending his tenure with Philadelphia after seven seasons. The 6-foot-1 guard played 39 games with the Hawks, making nine starts and averaging 28.7 minutes per contest overall. He contributed a valuable scoring punch for his new team, averaging 14.1 points and a career-best 1.8 three-pointers per game. Williams made 86.8 percent of his free-throw attempts and 36.7 percent of his attempts from beyond the arc, both career highs. In arguably his best performance of the season, Williams dished a career-high 12 assists and scored 21 points in a win over Indiana on Dec. 29. The veteran's campaign came to an early, abrupt end Jan. 18 when he tore his ACL in a game against Brooklyn.2013
Williams missed the first eight games of the 2013-14 campaign while continuing to recover from an ACL tear suffered during the previous season. He returned to face his old team, the Philadelphia 76ers, on Nov. 20, playing 16 minutes and scoring six points. The veteran's playing time steadily improved as the season wore on, and he finished his second campaign with Atlanta playing 60 games (seven as a starter) and averaging 24.1 minutes per contest. Williams posted per-game averages of 10.4 points, 2.1 rebounds and 3.5 assists while converting 34.2 percent of his shot attempts from deep. He nailed a season-best six three-pointers against the Knicks on Dec. 14, finishing with 27 points on 9-of-16 shooting. The 6-foot-1 guard matched the three-point mark six days later, making 6-of-10 shots from beyond the arc and totaling 25 points in a win over Utah. He handed out eight assists four times during the campaign, including during a 15-point performance against Detroit on Feb. 21 in which he also collected three steals. In the postseason, Williams played all seven games of Atlanta's first-round defeat to Indiana. In those contests, he posted per-game averages of 8.3 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.1 assists. In the penultimate game of the series, he scored 16 points on 6-of-12 shooting off the bench.2014
Lou Williams joined his third NBA team for the 2014-15 campaign after he was acquired by Toronto in an offseason trade. With the Raptors, the veteran scored a career-best 15.5 points per game while coming off the bench for 80 contests. He chipped in 1.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.1 steals per game. Williams earned his first Eastern Conference Player of the Week award in late November, averaging 23.7 points and shooting 52.6 percent (10-of-19) from three-point range during the week of Nov. 17-23. He scored a career-high 36 points in a win over Cleveland on Nov. 22, draining all 15 of his attempts from the charity stripe. On Feb. 20, Williams led Toronto to victory over Atlanta -- whom he played for the previous two seasons -- with a 26-point performance in which he sank seven three-pointers and collected four steals. For his efforts off the bench, Williams earned the first Sixth Man of the Year Award of his career. It was also the first such award won by a member of the Raptors. In the postseason, Williams averaged 25.6 minutes per contest in Toronto's first-round series against Washington. He scored 12.8 points points per game in four contests while chipping in 1.8 rebounds and 1.5 steals.2015
Williams played for his third team in three seasons during the 2015-16 campaign after signing a three-year contract to join the Los Angeles Lakers. He played 35 of his 67 games as a starter, marking the first time in six seasons in which he came off the bench less than half of the time. Williams played a key part in the Lakers' offense, averaging 15.3 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per contest. He scored 21 points and made all seven of his free-throw attempts in his debut with the club, one of 16 games during the season in which the veteran scored 20 or more points. Williams excelled in January, averaging 19.3 points, 3.3 boards and 2.9 assists. On Jan. 8, he tallied a career-high 44 points while going 15-of-15 from the charity stripe. He went 6-for-7 from beyond the arc in a win over Phoenix on Jan. 3, finishing with 30 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Williams notched a career-best seven steals in a win over Washington on Dec. 2, adding 12 points and four assists. He swatted three shots, tying his single-game career mark, on Jan. 26 versus Dallas. Williams finished with double-digit points in all but 10 of the contests in which he played.2016
Lou Williams began the 2016-17 campaign as the Lakers' top sixth man. He posted per-game averages of 18.6 points, 2.3 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 58 games with the club. The veteran exploded for 137 points in four games between Dec. 3-9, setting the NBA record for most points by a reserve in a four-game span. That stretch began with a 40-point performance against Memphis and ended with a 35-point showing versus Phoenix. On Feb. 23, Williams was traded to the Houston Rockets. With Houston, the 6-foot-1 guard averaged 14.9 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.4 assists. In his first game against the team that traded him, Williams scored 30 points and dished seven assists against the Lakers on March 15. His highest scoring game as a Rocket came 11 days later when he totaled 31 points while knocking down 7-of-8 three-point attempts in a victory over the Thunder. In the postseason, Williams played in 11 games and averaged 24.7 minutes per contest. He posted per-game averages of 12.5 points and 2.7 rebounds as the Rockets advanced to the conference semifinals.2017
Williams enjoyed arguably his best season in the league in 2017-2018, his first with the Los Angeles Clippers. Known for instant offense off the bench, Williams appeared in 79 contests, though he did start in 19 games. Williams averaged a career-high 22.6 points per game. He finished 14th in the league in scoring. He scored at least 30 points in 16 games. He scored at least 40 points in four tilts. Sweet Lou scored a career-high 50 points at Golden State on Jan. 10. He hit a career-high eight treys in that contest. Williams proved he could be more than just a flamethrower, though, as he also averaged a career-high 5.3 assists per game. Williams collected six double-doubles on the season. For his standout play off the bench, Williams was named the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year for the second time in his career.2018
Despite playing fewer than 27 minutes per game, Williams still managed to clear the 20.0-points-per-game plateau for the second consecutive season. He also established career-highs in rebounds (3.0) and assists (5.4) per game. Williams managed 10 games with at least three made three-pointers, topping out at five on three different occasions. Williams alternated between both guard spots in his 75 regular season appearances. As has been the case for much of his career, Williams primarily operated in a bench role, starting just one contest (April 7 vs. Golden State). He began the season with a streak of 18 consecutive double-digit scoring efforts, headlined by 28 points in a Nov. 2 win over the Magic. A hamstring injury hampered Williams in mid-December, but he missed only four contests. After returning from the injury, Williams averaged 21.6 points per game across the next 14 games. He scored 36 points in a victory over the crosstown Lakers on Dec. 28. Less than a month later, Williams notched his first career triple-double with a 31-point, 10-rebound, 10-assist effort in a win over the Bulls on Jan. 25. Over the next two weeks, Williams posted five more 30-plus-point scoring efforts, peaking with 45 points in a loss to the Timberwolves on Feb. 11. Williams was named the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year, joining Jamal Crawford as the only three-time winners of the award.
June 28, 2005Drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2nd round (45th pick) of the 2005 NBA Draft.
August 18, 2005Signed a multi-year rookie contract with the Philadelphia 76ers.
July 12, 2012Signed a multi-year contract with the Atlanta Hawks.
June 29, 2014Traded by the Atlanta Hawks with Lucas Nogueira to the Toronto Raptors for John Salmons and a 2015 2nd-round draft pick.
July 9, 2015Signed a multi-year contract with the Los Angeles Lakers.
February 23, 2017Traded by the Los Angeles Lakers to the Houston Rockets for Corey Brewer and a 2017 1st-round draft pick (Tony Bradley was later selected).
June 28, 2017Traded by the Houston Rockets with Patrick Beverley, Sam Dekker, Montrezl Harrell, Darrun Hilliard, DeAndre Liggins, Kyle Wiltjer, cash and a 2018 1st-round draft pick (Omari Spellman was later selected) to the Los Angeles Clippers for Chris Paul.
February 7, 2018Signed a veteran extension with the Los Angeles Clippers.