NBA news: Clippers’ Lou Williams wins ‘X-Factor’ award
The LA Clippers had a roller coaster of a season, but there is no question the brightest star to shine in Los Angeles this year was Lou Williams, who easily had the best year of his career.
On Friday, the National Basketball Players Association announced that Williams is the winner of the ‘X-Factor’ award.
The NBPA awards are voted on by the players themselves, and the X-Factor award is given to the best guy off the bench. Williams is also nominated for the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award.
Williams has been moved a lot the last few years, but seems to have found a home with the Clippers. Earlier this season, he even signed a contract extension right before the trade deadline.
“I have been on a lot of teams and a lot of times these situations don’t always go my way,” Williams told ClutchPoints back in February. “This one did and I am thankful for that.”
Williams signed a three-year, $24 million contract extension, and although he could still be traded down the road, right now, he seems like the perfect guy to help the Clippers through the retooling phase of their franchise.
They are young, but they still aren’t too far away from competing again in the Western Conference, especially if the roster can stay healthy.
Williams played in 79 games this past averaging 22.6 points, 5.3 assists, and 2.5 rebounds per game. He did have to start 19 games this year because of injuries the team dealt with, but for the most part, he was the team’s Sixth man and arguably the best ever at that.