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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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Lou Williams (rest) returned to action on Wednesday with seven points, three assists, one steal and a rare block in 16 minutes off the bench.
Williams was held out of Saturday's game to get some rest, and he still seems like the favorite to start at SG alongside D'Angelo Russell on opening night. His scoring will be necessary for the neophyte Lakers, in either case, and he's a decent late-round source of scoring, 3-pointers and heavily-weighted FT percentage. Oct 20 - 1:15 AM

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Lou Williams (rest) will not play on Saturday.

It's a scheduled day off for Williams. While he has been more of a sixth man in his career, he might be starting at shooting guard with Jordan Clarkson behind him. With Williams out, Clarkson or Nick "Uncle P" Young are the likely starters.
Oct 14 - 5:32 PM

Lou Williams caught fire late during Sunday's win vs. the Nuggets, finishing with 25 points on 8-of-15 FGs and 5-of-5 FTs, four 3-pointers, three rebounds and two assists.

Sweet Lou averaged 15.3 points per game last season despite the presence of Kobe Bryant, but the Lakers' youth movement is in full bloom this year. The veteran is little more than a late-round flier for points, 3-pointers and FT percentage, with low turnovers.
Oct 10 - 12:49 AM

D'Angelo Russell, Lou Williams, Metta World Peace, Julius Randle and Timofey Mozgov will start on Friday night against the Nuggets.

Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance, Brandon Ingram and Tarik Black should get most of the minutes in the second unit. Coach Luke Walton will get a look at a number of combinations tonight.
Oct 7 - 9:10 PM

Lou Williams started at shooting guard vs. the Kings on Tuesday, scoring 15 points with two assists, one rebound and one steal in 21 minutes.

He was just 2-of-7 from the field and 0-of-4 from deep, but got to the line 12 times and connected on 11 of them. There are a ton of shots up for grabs in Los Angeles with Kobe Bryant out of the mix, so Williams could have some sneaky value if he keeps his starting job — coach Luke Walton won’t commit to Williams as a starter and wants to try some different lineup combos during the preseason.
Oct 5 - 12:40 AM

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.

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.
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

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1D'Angelo Russell
2Jose Calderon
3Marcelo Huertas
SG1Lou Williams
2Jordan Clarkson
3Nick Young
SF1Luol Deng
2Brandon Ingram
3Anthony Brown
4Metta World Peace
PF1Julius Randle
2Larry Nance
3Yi Jianlian
4Thomas Robinson
C1Timofey Mozgov
2Tarik Black
3Ivica Zubac