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Lou Williams | Guard | #23

Team: Los Angeles Lakers
Age / DOB:  (29) / 10/27/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 175
College: None
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 2 (15) / PHI
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Luke Walton said that veteran guard Lou Williams has demonstrated a "playmaking presence" during informal practices.
Williams is expected to spend most if not all of his minutes at shooting guard this season with both Jose Calderon and Marcelo Huertas behind D'Angelo Russell at the point—not to mention Jordan Clarkson can slide over there—but any additional playmaking is a welcomed sight for a Lakers team that sorely lacked it last year. Despite what should be a stable role in Walton's rotation, Lou Will isn't a very attractive fantasy target in any format. Sep 17 - 3:00 PM

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Lou Williams and Brandon Bass both picked up DNP-CDs vs. the Rockets on Sunday.

This makes four consecutive DNPs for the veterans, who have taken a backseat during the Lakers' belated shift toward player development. It's safe to assume that neither guy will make an appearance in L.A.'s final two games.
Apr 10 - 6:20 PM

Lou Williams was a healthy DNP-CD vs. Boston on Sunday and coach Byron Scott said that he doesn't expect to play Williams down the stretch.

The veteran SG had played at least 17 minutes with double-digit points in his previous nine games, but his role has been inevitably eroded by the Lakers' emphasis on developing the young guys. Sweet Lou is owed a guaranteed $7 million in each of the next two seasons and should maintain a solid role next year with Kobe Bryant retiring, but his upside will be capped if the Lakers retain Jordan Clarkson in restricted free agency this summer.
Apr 4 - 12:48 AM

Lou Williams shot just 1-of-7 from the field on Sunday, but he went 9-of-10 at the line to finish with 11 points and one rebound in 20 minutes off the bench.

Sweet Lou continues to make a living at the free throw line -- he attempts 0.6 freebies for every field goal attempt, which ranks sixth in the league behind Ed Davis, Mason Plumlee, Bismack Biyombo, Dwight Howard and DeAndre Jordan. Unlike those big men, Williams is actually efficient with an 83.0 percent mark at the stripe. He's a low-end option in standard leagues, and has become riskier with L.A. emphasizing the development of their young guards.
Mar 28 - 12:05 AM

Lou Williams scored 14 points with one rebound, three assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 30 minutes against the Nuggets on Friday.

He could be looking at more run if D'Angelo Russell (ankle) needs to miss time. Williams is worth a speculative add for any owner needing a point guard right now.
Mar 26 - 2:07 AM

Lou Williams came off the bench on Wednesday for 11 points, five assists, two rebounds, one steal and a pair of 3-pointers.

Williams played 20 minutes and looked OK after briefly exiting due to a collision with Alex Len. He came in averaging 25.3 points in his previous three games vs. the Suns, but his production is set to drop off with L.A. emphasizing player development down the stretch. Plan accordingly.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 24 - 1:01 AM

Lou Williams was excellent off the bench on Friday, putting up 30 points on 10-of-17 shooting to go with three boards, three assists, four 3-pointers, one block and one turnover in 29 minutes.

Williams' minutes have been steadily increasing since returning to action on March 13, which has resulted in inconsistent minutes for D'Angelo Russell. Despite this being a rebuilding year in Los Angeles, Byron Scott tends to favor the veterans on the roster, so a healthy Sweet Lou could be trouble for Russell's rest-of-season outlook.
Mar 19 - 2:53 AM

Lou Williams scored 17 points in Tuesday's loss to the Kings with four boards, two assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers in 24 minutes.

Williams was playing well tonight, but coach Byron Scott hinted after the game that he would prefer his younger guys (Jordan Clarkson and D'Angelo Russell) to close out games so they can gain some experience. Williams also played well on Sunday with 15 points and five assists, but he's going to be tough to rely on down the stretch since the Lakers are fully embracing a youth movement.
Mar 16 - 1:14 AM

Byron Scott praised Lou Williams for his leadership after Sunday's 90-87 loss to New York.

"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 said. Williams returned from his hamstring injury with 15 points, five dimes, a steal and a triple vs. New York, but his exact role is up in the air moving forward in a suddenly crowded backcourt with D'Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson and Marcelo Huertas also in the mix.

Lou Williams (hamstring) returned from a five-game absence on Sunday with 15 points, five assists, one rebound, one steal and one 3-pointer in 26 minutes off L.A.'s bench.

D'Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson are locked in as starters the rest of the way, reducing Williams' upside, but he's still worth a look for scoring and 3-pointers with a dash of assists. He was particularly effective down the stretch tonight, scoring 11 points in the fourth quarter to help the Lakers keep it close until the final buzzer.
Mar 14 - 12:35 AM

Lou Williams (hamstring) will be available to play on Sunday barring any setbacks.

He went through practice on Saturday without any incident. Williams will likely have a minutes restriction and his minutes will drop now that coach Byron Scott is playing Jordan Clarkson and D'Angelo Russell more. Williams isn't quite worth a pickup in standard leagues. Marcelo Huertas loses the most value.
Mar 12 - 3:27 PM

Lou Williams (hamstring) is being listed as "out" for Sunday's game vs. the Knicks.

Jordan Clarkson, D'Angelo Russell and Marcelo Huertas will continue to pick up some extra minutes in Williams' absence, with Clarkson and Russell offering the most upside. Williams is becoming a risky guy to hold onto with the fantasy playoffs looming and the Lakers having no incentive to rush him back to the court.

Lou Williams (hamstring) will not play against the Cavs on Thursday.

He only had a 10 percent chance to play, so this was expected. It'll Jordan Clarkson and D'Angelo Russell logging minutes in the 31-35 range with Marcelo Huertas backing them up. Williams isn't a must-own player right now with his playing time likely to drop once he's healthy. Clarkson and Russell could have nice nights on national TV.
Mar 10 - 7:56 PM

Lou Williams (hamstring) is not expected to play Thursday vs. the Cavs.

Head coach Byron Scott would like Williams to get in a full practice before returning to the court, and because that has yet to happen, it's extremely unlikely he plays tonight. The Lakers take on the Knicks on Sunday, and for now, we'll be considering Williams' questionable for that one. D'Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson are the primary beneficiaries with Sweet Lou on the sidelines.
Mar 10 - 2:29 PM

Lou Williams (hamstring) only has a 10 percent chance to play on Thursday against the Cavs, according to coach Byron Scott.

He was called out on Tuesday and the team is just saying there is a remote possibility he'll be back. Marcelo Huertas will get some minutes as the backup point guard while Jordan Clarkson and D'Angelo Russell carry the majority of work at guard.
Mar 9 - 4:22 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1D'Angelo Russell
2Jose Calderon
3Marcelo Huertas
4Julian Jacobs
SG1Jordan Clarkson
2Lou Williams
3Nick Young
SF1Luol Deng
2Brandon Ingram
3Anthony Brown
4Metta World Peace
PF1Julius Randle
2Larry Nance
3Yi Jianlian
4Thomas Robinson
5Zach Auguste
6Travis Wear
C1Timofey Mozgov
2Tarik Black
3Ivica Zubac