Lou Williams says 80 percent of his style is Allen Iverson
While Williams only shared a season and a half with Iverson, he shared most likely one of the most iconic ones in 2005-06, where the man known as “The Answer” posted the highest scoring average of his career at the tune of 33 points per game.
“He meant a lot. About 80 percent of the style of how I play is a lot of things I picked up along the way being his teammate,” Williams, who speaks with Iverson on a monthly basis, told Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News. “He’s had so many mementos. I’ve been with him and seen him do a lot of special things with 50 and 60 (point performances). I’ve seen him compete his butt off when he’s hurting.”
In his 12th year in the league, Williams has flourished into a lethal weapon off the bench, scoring 19.1 points per game on 45.1 percent shooting from the floor, 38.1 percent from deep, and 86.9 percent from the line to go with 1.4 steals per game — all career-highs.
Williams — only two inches taller than Iverson — emulates his fearlessness getting into the lane, his aggression and creativity are the spitting image of a once-cornrowed young man that shredded defenses for a living. Being a slightly better shooter than his counterpart, Williams has made the most of his minutes off the bench to wreak havoc for opposing defenses, turning deficits into leads and making every one-on-one matchup a disadvantage for the defense.
Despite having won a Sixth Man of the Year award in his lone season with the Toronto Raptors, it’s very likely for him to compete for the award once again this season as he’ll likely battle Houston Rockets sharpshooter Eric Gordon for the honors if the Lakers manage to win enough games.