For the second time in his career, Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams was named the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year.
Yet again, he proved to be one of the most feared scorers in the NBA. He edged out reigning Sixth Man Eric Gordon and Toronto’s Fred VanVleet for the award.
Lou Will averaged a career-best 22.6 points off the bench for the Clippers last season, helping them push but ultimately fall short of the playoff picture in the Western Conference. He went off for 50 points, including 27 in the third quarter alone, against the Warriors in January.
Williams kissed his two young daughters on his way to the stage after becoming the Clippers’ third win in the last five years. The Clippers have had tremendous success in Sixth Man of the Year voting over the past five years. Jamal Crawford won the award in 2013-14 and 2015-16.
On the podium, he gave a powerful speech about contributing to your team no matter how many minutes you play or which position you play on the floor
"If you go into the season worried about personal stats and your personal position, you've already started the season the wrong way. Go into camp. See how your team builds out, whatever is needed at that time, whatever is needed for you, that is the attitude that you should go into it and give your teammates an opportunity to trust you.
I've always gone into training camp never worrying about myself. For whatever reason the conversation always comes up every year, do you want to start, do you want to come off the bench? And I always tell whatever coach I have, it's up to you. Whatever you need from me, Coach, that's what we're going to do.
So for young guys coming up, don't worry about starting, don't worry about coming off the bench, whatever. Whenever you're inside the lines, make an impact on the game. I came off the bench this year and had All-Star numbers, who knows what else will happen. So if you go into it worried about yourself, you've doomed yourself from the beginning."
This is the second time Williams won the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award after claiming it in 2014 with the Raptors, too. He might be 31 years old, but he’s proved he still has a lot left in the tank.