Lou Williams was named the NBA’s Western Conference Player of the Week on Tuesday for games played December 25th-31st. During that stretch, the Clippers went 3-0, with Lou averaging 28.0 points and 4.7 assists while shooting 50% from the field and 48% from deep. He recorded his 17th career game with 30 or more points off of the bench—and his 7th this season—when he scored 40 points against the Charlotte Hornets on New Year’s Eve. It was his second 40-point game of the season and his fourth of his career.
Williams is having the best season of his career at 31 years old: career highs in points (21.4) and assists (4.8) per game as well as a career-best three point percentage of 40.8%. According to Clippers PR, his 21.2 points per game as a reserve is the most in the NBA since the 1989-90 season.
The player of the week award is no shock, and even a marginal decline in the second half of the season would guarantee him the 6th man of the year award. The bigger question: can Lou Williams make the NBA All-Star game?