Houston Rockets: Who is Lou Williams?
By Francisco Torres
The Houston Rockets might miss Corey Brewer, but Lou Williams is just what they needed.
Before anything, we can’t just welcome Lou Williams without thanking Corey Brewer for the three great seasons he gave to the Houston Rockets. You may have thought he was a great player or you could have thought he was never anything more than average. One thing for sure: he always gave fans 100% of his effort. Corey left it all on the hardwood. With that, the only thing left to say is thank you. Thank you for everything, Corey, and we wish you the best of luck.
Now on to the past, present, and future of the newest Houston Rocket, Lou Williams. A bona-fide scorer who may have something to prove defensively is heading to H-Town. If that’s not a match made in heaven, I don’t know what is.
Lou’s Career History
Lou has played twelve seasons in the NBA and spent a majority of his time with the Philadelphia 76ers. He gave Philly seven years, with varying degrees of success.
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In 2012, Williams signed a three-year deal with the Atlanta Hawks, where he suffered a bad ACL tear. This injury sidelined Lou for a season. He eventually returned to play for the Hawks and later traded to the Toronto Raptors. Toronto was the start of something new for Williams, where he legitimately became an offensive weapon and went on to win the Sixth Man of the Year award.
In free agency, Williams was signed by the Los Angeles Lakers. After 2 seasons of personal success, he was in the middle of a rebuilding season with LA. The player’s and the team’s priorities seemed to be at odds, which brings us to this trade.
Everybody agreed that if the Rockets were going to make a trade, they had to be very careful. They had to make sure they didn’t lose important assets or take on bad contracts. The trade was a success as Houston gave up a late first round pick and Corey Brewer. And although there is much appreciation for Corey Brewer, he just didn’t seem to fit the system.
Lou Williams, on the other hand, is a guy who can play the one or the two guard position. He can get to the basket or step back for the three. Williams can run the show or spot up and shoot. And to add icing on the cake, he is a few hundred thousand dollars cheaper than Brewer. He is a welcome addition to the Mike D’Antoni-led Rockets.
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While teams may have considered Lou Williams a kind of misfit, it seems only right that he has finally found a home here in Houston. Actually, there isn’t really much of a difference between him and Vernon Maxwell. And we all saw how well that turned out. Why not with Lou?