When the Houston Rockets managed to acquire Lou Williams from the Los Angeles Lakers at the trade deadline in February in exchange for Corey Brewer and a first-rounder, it was instantly hailed by many as another example of General Manager, Daryl Morey’s, genius.
“Sweet Lou” was in the midst of a fine season with the Lakers before he was traded. With the pairing of Sixth Man of the Year contestant Eric Gordon, it appeared this would make for one of the best benches in the NBA.
In his first three games as a Rocket, Williams scored 27, 17, and 28 points, respectively. Not to mention, his “freewheeling style” seemed like a perfect fit for Mike D’Antoni’s fast-paced offense.
Lou finished the year averaging 14.9 points, coupled with 31.8 percent shooting from three and 38.6 percent field goal. Below are his full season stats, straight from the folks at Basketball Reference.
However, consistency probably was the number one issue that plagued Williams for the rest of the regular season. He occasionally did return with an offensive outburst, but seemed uneven at times.
Williams exhibited that same inconsistency in the postseason as well. He was fantastic in the Rockets’ first-round series against the Oklahoma City Thunder, where he averaged 18.8 points per game and shot 47.7 percent from the field and a blazing 41 percent from deep.
Against the San Antonio Spurs, it was an entirely different ordeal. He averaged just 7.3 points per game and was 3-17 from beyond the arc. Of course, Williams wasn’t the only reason the Rockets fell to San Antonio.
Williams is still under contract with Houston through next season, so this time around he’ll get a fresh start and a full season with the team. As for player grades go, he’d earn a B+ in my book.