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Lou Williams’s Progress With The Rockets So Far

Feb 27, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard Lou Williams (12) shoots the ball during the second quarter against the Indiana Pacers at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 27, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard Lou Williams (12) shoots the ball during the second quarter against the Indiana Pacers at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
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Despite struggling with his shot over the last week or so, Lou Williams is proving to be a great fit with the Rockets so far.

Lou Williams arrived in Houston last month in exchange for Corey Brewer and a first-round draft pick, and the former Laker has shown lots of promise as a Rocket, already making a huge impact in Space City. What else can he bring to the team as the playoffs draw nearer?

Scoring

With Williams, the Houston Rockets have added yet another great three-point shooter. Lou is averaging 18.2 ppg off the bench, including a team-high 27 points in a win against the Pelicans. The shooting guard is sure to score plenty more points for the Rockets, considering that he has more talent around him than he did with the Lakers. He also provides a huge bench presence and can contribute whenever necessary. He takes the burden off of James Harden to produce all the points.

Playmaking

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Although Williams is only 6’1″, his spectacular playmaking ability makes up for his below average height. The shooting guard has stunned fans with his playmaking with the Lakers, and his teammates there weren’t as good. Hopefully, he will be able to do the same here in Houston with even better players around him.

Harden Gets a Rest

Lou Williams will not only provide the Rockets with a playmaker, but he will provide James Harden with a much-needed rest. The Beard has played the most minutes of any player in the league this year, averaging 36.6 minutes per game. Sweet Lou being on board allows him to take a break and ensures that the Rockets’ star player doesn’t get injured. Also, fans are hoping that Harden and Williams will learn to play well together. It can be where the total equals more than simply the sum of the parts. With both of them being able to shoot the ball quite well, they could eventually become of the greater duos of the league.

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Lou Williams has adapted quickly to his new role on the Rockets roster and, other than a hiccup in his shooting percentage, there aren’t any issues. If the team continues to play well with him on their side, then success looks likely as the postseason arrives.

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