The Los Angeles Lakers signed guard Lou Williams to a multi-year contract in the summer after playing a season with the Toronto Raptors. He was brought in to mostly be the sixth man off the bench, but in Byron Scott‘s system Williams ended up being a starter.
Williams had one of the best seasons of his career. He started in 35 games for Los Angeles and at time was playing more than rookie D’Angelo Russell. He averaged 15.3 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. It was the second-most points he had averaged in a single season.
Scott praised Williams’ work ethic and leadership in March after a three-point loss to the New York Knicks.
“Lou has been great for our young guys as far as being a leader and a mentor, so that leadership (is something) that we have when he’s out there,” Scott told The Orange County Register.
Now the Scott is out of a job in Los Angeles, it is interesting to see whether Williams will be brought back. He is due $14 million over the next two seasons so it does seem like he will be back if Los Angeles can’t move him.
He will definitely become a key figure of the Lakers bench next season as the team moves into its next era.