Clippers’ Lou Williams passes Dell Curry for most points off the bench in NBA history
On Monday night, two-time Sixth Man of the Year awardee Lou Williams made history by breaking the record for most bench points scored in NBA history.
Everything came up roses for Williams, who finished with a game-high 34 points on a torrid 14-of-20 shooting clip from the field in his typical reserve role. He also led all Clippers with a whopping plus-minus of plus-28, further demonstrating how pivotal his role is despite playing fewer minutes than four of his team’s five starters:
To make matters even sweeter, Los Angeles trampled over a tough Eastern Conference playoff contender in Boston, routing the Celtics 140-115. The victory marked the Clippers’ fifth straight win as they snagged sole possession of the sixth seed in the Western Conference playoff race.
Just last Friday, the 13-year veteran moved into second place on the all-time bench scoring list and was well on pace to break Dell Curry’s record before the end of the current week. Williams wasted no time in positioning himself on top of that leaderboard with his stellar performance on Monday, giving him 11,153 career points off the bench and counting.
It’s hard to fathom another player who could eventually surpass Williams on the all-time bench scoring list. The closest active player who could make a run for his money is Jamal Crawford, who many fans regarded as the best sixth man in the business until Williams picked up a lot of stream from the mid- to late-2010s.
But considering that Crawford is 38 years old and is entering the twighlight of his career, it appears as though Lou Will will indeed keep this milestone for a very long time, and it’s highly likely that he can rack up even more points to an unreachable level before he hangs up his own sneakers.