Clippers’ Lou Williams beats out teammate Montrezl Harrell for Sixth Man of the Year award
LA Clippers supersub Lou Williams has beat out teammate Montrezl Harrell and the Indiana Pacers’ Domantas Sabonis for the Sixth Man of the Year award as part of Monday night’s Kia NBA Awards.
— Clippers Nation (@ClipperNationCP) June 25, 2019
This is Williams’ second consecutive Sixth Man of the Year victory and his third overall after earning his first with the Toronto Raptors during the 2014-15 season.
He has now tied Jamal Crawford for the most honors, undoubtedly cementing himself as one of the best X-factors to ever lace them up off the bench.
Williams has made the most of his prime at age 32, now coming off back-to-back 20-plus-point scoring seasons with the Clippers, this time posting 20.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game through 75 appearances, getting only one start in 2018-19:
Williams fell short of an All-Star bid yet again in a star-studded Western Conference, but he managed to edge out his own teammate in Harrell (16.6 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists) for this award, giving the Clippers not one but two major cogs off the bench to provide them with a double haymaker of firepower.
Williams and Harrell have developed an intrinsic connection, playing off each other, which showed abundantly clear in their first-round matchup against the Golden State Warriors.
Domantas Sabonis (14.1 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.9 assists) of the Indiana Pacers finished second in the race for the award. Here are the final voting results:
The voting results for the 2018-19 Sixth Man of the Year award. #Clippers guard Lou Williams blew out the competition on the way to this award, but definitely had the help of Montrezl Harrell. pic.twitter.com/XYfAiqeAj7
— Tomer Azarly (@TomerAzarly) June 25, 2019
The Clippers have now had the SMOY winner in three of the last four seasons and four of the last six, as Crawford won the award in 2014 and 2016 while wearing the Clips’ red and blue.