In most teams, a player who is the first one that comes off the bench is equally good or maybe even better than some players in the starting lineup. In our generation, we were fortunate enough to see players like Manu Ginobili, Jamal Crawford and Lou Williams who are pretty much identified with that role.
Out of these above-mentioned players, Lou Williams is still very much active and fighting in the playoffs against the Warriors, showing an impressive repertoire of moves on offense. Despite being the best player on the Clippers this season, Williams is still coming off the bench and at the same time averaging 20 points in less than 30 minutes per game which is pretty impressive.
Stephen A Smith recently said he believes the battle for the 6th Man of the Year award is one-sided and that Williams is a clear winner. He did mention Derrick Rose as one of the candidates, however, Lou's impact is much greater on the Clippers and they have more success this season.
6th Man of the Year award. You can act like it's race all you want, but as I am concerned its a one-man race. That would happen to be Lou Williams of the Los Angeles Clippers. I know some of you out there want to look at Derrick Rose and you want to think about the fact that he averaged 18 points per game. Major props to Derrick Rose, love the comeback and he is a candidate for the most improved player of the year award as well. We all know that Derrick Rose could play when he is healthy. We know how he can compete when healthy. We know that health has been a problem. This year, however, he missed 31 games, he started 13 and averaged 13 points per game. The Timberwolves only won 36 games and they didn't make the playoffs. Meanwhile, in LA, you got Lou Williams averaging 20 points a game in 27 minutes. The Clippers won 48 games and then in the playoffs giving the Warriors a run for their money in the first round. Lou Williams is an elite man coming from the bench for anybody.