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Lou Williams
Philadelphia 76ers  – No. 23
Point Guard
Born October 27, 1986 (1986-10-27) (age 23)
Memphis, Tennessee
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Listed weight 175 lb (79 kg)
League NBA
Salary $4,972,500[1]
High school South Gwinnett
Draft 2nd round, 45th overall, 2005
Philadelphia 76ers
Pro career 2005–present
Former teams Fort Worth Flyers (2006)
Awards 2005 Naismith Prep Player of the Year
Profile Info Page

Louis "Lou" Tyrone Williams (born October 27, 1986) is an American professional basketball player with the Philadelphia 76ers, who selected him with the 45th pick of the 2005 NBA Draft. Williams grew up in Lithonia, Georgia.


High school

Williams played at Snellville's South Gwinnett High School under Roger Fleetwood, where he was a four-time All-State selection, was named Georgia's "Mr. Basketball" during his Junior & Senior year and was voted as the "Most Athletic" Senior Superlative by his peers. As a junior, Williams led South Gwinnett to win the 5A Georgia State Championship. As a senior, Williams averaged 27.5 points, 6.6 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game while leading South Gwinnett to a 28–3 record and fourth place finish in the state. Williams also won the 2005 Naismith Prep Player of the Year Award which identifies the nation's top high school player, and was named to the 2005 McDonald's All-American East Team. Both Williams and Mike Mercer, high school teammates at South Gwinnett High School, committed to play at the University of Georgia, but Williams declared for the 2005 NBA Draft. Williams is the second all time leading scorer in Georgia high school basketball history.

Pro career


Philadelphia 76ers

Because of disappointing workout performances, Williams fell to the second round of the Draft and was eventually picked 45th overall by the Philadelphia 76ers. During the 2005–06 NBA season Williams played sparingly as an NBA rookie for the 76ers, averaging 1.9 points and .3 assists over 30 games. After being inactive for most of the first month of the 2006–07 NBA season, Williams was sent by the 76ers to play for the Fort Worth Flyers of the NBA Development League on November 28,. 2006.[2]

After stellar performances in the NBA D-League, averaging 26 points and 7 assists over three games[3], and with trade rumors surrounding the 76ers' starting point guard Allen Iverson[4], Williams was restored back to the 76ers roster on December 5, 2006.

During the 2007–2008 season, Williams averaged career-highs of 11.3 ppg and 3.2 apg.

At the end of the season Louis became a restricted free agent. He signed a 5 year deal worth $25 million[5].

Career Highlights

  • Entered the 2005–06 season as the seventh-youngest player in the NBA.
  • Scored 10+ points eight times in 2006–07, seven of which came over the final 19 games... during that 19-game stretch, averaged 7.9 points (45.5% FGs, 83.3% FTs), 3.3 assists and 2.1 rebounds while committing just 17 turnovers in 18.6 minutes per game.
  • Over his final 36 games played in 2006–07, had 89 assists to 31 turnovers (2.87 ratio).
  • Received 2006 Rocky Mountain Revue All-Tournament honors after averaging 22.0 points, 5.2 assists and 2.00 steals per game in the six-game tournament... Led the league in assists, ranked second in scoring and was third in steals per game
  • Became the first high school player selected by the Sixers in the draft since Darryl Dawkins (1975, 1st round, 5th pick overall).
  • Scored 3,338 points, 1,768 rebounds, 950 assists and 855 steals during his career at South Gwinnett High School (Ga).
  • Winner of the Naismith Prep Player of the Year, signifying the nation's top high school player and was named Mr. Basketball in Georgia as a senior (2004–05).
  • Suffered a broken jaw during the 2009-2010 season, which led to Allen Iverson's return to the 76ers.

Personal life

Louis was born to Willie Louis Williams (deceased) and Janice Faulkner. He has an older brother, Taurus and older sister, FraShaundra. When he was 5'7" in the 7th grade, he dunked for the first time. [6]. Louis is a close friend of Bow Wow, and was seen socializing with Bow Wow at his house on MTV Cribs.[7]

NBA career statistics

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season

2005–06 Philadelphia 30 0 4.8 .442 .222 .615 .6 .3 .2 .0 1.9
2006–07 Philadelphia 61 0 11.3 .441 .324 .696 1.1 1.8 .4 .0 4.3
2007–08 Philadelphia 80 0 23.3 .424 .359 .783 2.1 3.2 1.0 .2 11.5
2008–09 Philadelphia 81 0 23.7 .398 .286 .790 2.0 3.0 1.0 .2 12.8
Career 252 0 18.3 .415 .315 .773 1.7 2.4 .8 .1 9.0


2007–08 Philadelphia 6 0 22.5 .400 .222 .733 2.0 2.0 1.0 .0 12.0
2008–09 Philadelphia 6 0 24.8 .412 .375 .667 2.5 2.8 .5 .2 9.7
Career 12 0 23.7 .405 .320 .711 2.3 2.4 .8 .1 10.8


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