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Lou Williams Wins Record-Tying 3rd Sixth Man of the Year Award

Lou Williams has cemented himself as one of the best bench players in NBA history by winning Sixth Man of the Year for the third time.

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Tonight at the NBA Awards, Lou Williams won his third Sixth Man of the Year Award, tying Jamal Crawford for the most ever, and his second as a Clipper. He beat out teammate Montrezl Harrell and Indiana Pacers big man Domantas Sabonis for the award, and did so easily — he received 96 out of 100 1st place votes, so there was not a doubt in anyone’s mind whose award this was. Montrezl got two 1st place votes, 30 2nd place votes, and 42 3rd place votes, putting him at 3rd overall.

Lou averaged 20.2 points, 5.4 assists, and 3.0 rebounds in 26.6 minutes per game off the bench, shooting 42.5% from the field, 36.1% from three, and 87.6% from the free throw line. He led the Clippers in scoring and assists, and was the driving force of their offense, which finished in the NBA’s top 10.

During the season, Lou became the all-time leading scorer off the bench in NBA history, and will only keep moving up the record books over the years to come. He was invaluable on the court and in the locker room for the Clippers, and hopefully can win his 4th 6th Man of the Year with the Clips next year, separating himself from even Jamal. Lou is one of the greatest bench players in basketball history, and he’s been a joy to watch. Congrats Lou!