Many NBA players have goals of making it to the Hall of Fame one day when their career is over. To have your name in that list says a lot about the type of career you had and the type of player you were. All the hard work, sweat, and long seasons are what the players put in to have a chance to have their name called to be a member of the prestigious class.
Players who have earned numerous awards, championships, or all-star appearances find themselves in the Hall of Fame. But there is a player in the league currently who believes he should be in the Hall of Fame even though he has never made an all-star team. His name just so happens to be Lou Williams.
Lou Williams NBA career
Williams was drafted out of high school in the second round of the 2005 NBA draft. The Philadelphia 76ers selected him with the No. 45 pick. Williams struggled in his first two seasons with the 76ers, but his gamed improved during his third season. In his seven seasons with the 76ers, he only started in 38 games. He accepted the role coming off the bench early on in his career.
After his time in Philly, he joined the Atlanta Hawks and played with them for two seasons. After two quick seasons there, he spent one season playing for the Toronto Raptors. That’s when he won his first Sixth Man of the Year award. Williams averaged 15.5 points per game during the 2014-15 season with the Raptors. After Toronto, Williams played for the Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets, and his current team, the L.A. Clippers.
He won to more Sixth Man of the Year awards in back-to-back fashion with the Clippers. During the 2017-18 season, Williams averaged 22.6 points per game, which is the highest of his career, and in the 2018-19 season, he averaged 20.0 points per game. He currently is averaging 18.7 points per game right now with the Clippers through 60 games.
Why he thinks he should be in the Hall of Fame
When Williams won his last Sixth Man of the Year award, he joined Jamal Crawford as the only players to win the award three times. Williams has made use of coming off the bench. His scoring ability is valuable, especially to the second unit of a team. The Clippers are benefitting from having a player like Williams, who has been coming off the bench their whole career.
About a year ago, Williams told TMZ why he feels he should be in the Hall of Fame. “I’ve seen guys in the Hall of Fame with less, and I’ve put the work in,” Williams said. “I’ve put a lot of work in, so it’ll be nice to even get that appreciation.” Though Williams has never made an all-star team or not have any awards outside of the Sixth Man of the Year, he believes that he is worthy of making it.
Does he have a case?
Looking at Williams’ career, he has changed the narrative of being a successful player in the league coming off the bench. Even NBA star Kevin Durant said he thinks that Williams should be in the Hall of Fame when his career is over. Currently, in his 15th season, Williams has some more years in him if he stays healthy.
If he gets another Sixth Man of the Year award, there could be a case to consider putting him in there, but that could be a stretch. But he has had a successful career in the NBA, and he continues to show why he’s an efficient scorer. It’ll be interesting to see if he does make it to the Hall of Fame.