It was confirmed today that Lou Williams of the Toronto Raptors has won the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year award given to the league's best reserve.
On the season, Williams (or Sweet Lou, or 6 Man, or, well, you get the idea), averaged a career-high 15.5 points, while shooting 40.4 percent from the field, to go along with averages of 1.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.1 steals. He came off the bench in 80 games for the Raps this season and averaged 25.2 minutes per game. He was also just two points behind Kyle Lowry for the title of top scorer in Toronto this year.
The Boston Celtics' Isaiah Thomas finished second in the voting, and two-time winner Jamal Crawford of the Clippers finished third. This confirms that the best way to win a Sixth Man award is probably to be a high-powered scorer for a decent (at worst) team.
For Raptors fans, this season of Lou has been one that has vacillated wildly between moments of pure euphoria and abject disgust. Williams has done his part to win games for the team, and also, on off-nights, done his damnedest to lose them. While his contract is up at the end of this season and his return to Toronto very much up-in-the-air, Lou Williams' time with the Raptors has been nothing if not memorable.
What do you guys think? Got any favourite Lou moments to share?