Lou Williams says no debate on who should win 2017-18 NBA Sixth Man of the Year award
With just two games remaining on their regular season schedule, the L.A. Clippers (42-38) were officially eliminated from the Western Conference playoff race on Saturday afternoon when they were routed 134-115 by the Denver Nuggets at Staples Center.
It was a valiant effort by star shooting guard Lou Williams and the Clippers to stay in the playoff hunt for as long as they did, considering all the injuries the team has dealt with all season and the stunning trade of star forward Blake Griffin to the Detroit Pistons in late January.
That was a bitter way for the Clippers to have their playoffs hopes go down the drain, but Williams told ClutchPoints’ own Tomer Azarly after the game that he is happy with the way his teammates fought throughout the season and also believes there’s no doubt he should win the NBA Sixth Man of the Year award.
“Yes,” Williams said. “First player to lead the team in scoring and assists off the bench. I had an opportunity to be in the All-Star talks and just for us to be competitive with the way that everything went. Honestly speaking, I had a lot to do with it.”
Williams, who was averaging a whopping 22.5 points and 5.3 assists per game heading into Saturday’s contest, was the Clippers’ leading scorer in the loss with 24 points and five assists.
“I’ve seen guys win awards based on their numbers and teams not be as successful, so with history being made I’d think so,” Williams said about his first season with the Clippers and his chances of taking home the 2017-18 Sixth Man award.
Lou Williams (@TeamLou23) says there's no debate as to who should win Sixth Man of the Year, and it's hard to argue with him on that. Lou is averaging 22.6 points and 5.3 assists per game. #Clippers pic.twitter.com/Rv7DTbl4WJ
— Tomer Azarly (@TomerAzarly) April 7, 2018