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Raptors Player Review: 6 Man Lou Williams

On the one hand Lou Williams could be the best scorer the Raptors had on any given night. But, on the other he could shoot the team right out of a close game.

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Before diving into the stats and conversation about Lou Williams on the 2014-15 Toronto Raptors, let's remember that Masai Ujiri made his best move of the offseason acquiring Williams and Bebe Nogueira for John Salmons. JOHN FREAKING SALMONS.

Ujiri bought low on Williams, as he still didn't look like himself of old during the previous season in Atlanta, due to a mix of the offensive system of Coach Budenholzer as well as still trying to shake off the rust from his ACL tear in January of 2013.

That all changed in Toronto this season, as Williams flourished in Dwane Casey's much more iso-heavy scheme, en route to his best and highest scoring season in the Association and the 6th Man of the Year award. Although this season will be looked back upon as Lou's best, during the year he experienced the highest of highs and the lowest of lows in terms of perception from the fan base. While there were countless times Lou brought the Raptors back into a game by nailing some deep threes and drawing his trademark calls from beyond the arc, there were too many games where Lou would not stop chucking, especially while another player on the floor had the hot hand.

The big question of this upcoming offseason will be whether Lou is back in a Raptors uniform next year. With his next contract sure to be lucrative on the open market, is it really worth it for Ujiri to re-sign him? Unless a move is made to rid themselves of Greivis Vasquez, there doesn't need to be two score-first guards coming off the bench for this team.

That being said let's take a look at the season that was for Lou Williams.

Statistics (Per Game Averages)

80 games, 25.2 minutes, 15.5 points, 40.4 FG%, 34 3P%, 86.1 FT%, 2.1 assists, 1.9 rebounds, 1.1 steals, 1.3 turnovers.

Best Game

Lou's best game came against the Cavs on November 22nd, in which he tallied a career high 36 points. He entered the game with his team down 24-6 and proceeded to completely take over the game leading the Raptors back by hitting an array of jumpers, three pointers, and his usual amount of off-balance runners after drawing the foul:

Lou went 15/15 from the free throw line in this game, which is quite possibly more foul shots than Terrence Ross made all season.

Worst Game

There were more than a few games where Williams shot wasn't falling, which in turn created lazy, stagnant offence as the rest of the players just seemed to stop caring as Lou would come down the floor and jack up bad shot after bad shot. That being said, the peak of this effect came on against a bad Nets squad in late February. In a game the Raptors should of won easily, they got blown out on their home floor while Lou went 1/11 from the field while missing eight threes.

Strengths & Weaknesses

+Top ten scorer in the league when his shot is falling

+Willing to attack the basket and draw foul calls

+Sneaky solid at forcing an occasional turnover

-Too small to defend bigger/stronger two guards

-Isn't effective without the ball in his hands

-Willingness to chuck can hurt the team offensively

Role Next Season

If the Raptors bring him back (which in my opinion they will on a two year deal) his role will be essentially the same as it was this year. Coming off the bench for instant offence and to add scoring punch when the starters aren't getting the job done, as well as gunning for another 6th Man of the Year award.

A Vine to Sum Up His Season