Atlanta Hawks Player Preview: Louis Williams
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Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee
Born Date: 10/27/1986
True Position: Shooting Guard (2)
411: Louis Williams, Lou for short, is a very energetic person who sets no limits to the things he can accomplish in life whether it is with basketball or without basketball. One of Lou’s favorite things to do outside of basketball is record music. Growing up in Memphis, Tennessee, Lou was a fan of some of the local artists in the area like Eightball & MJG, Triple-Six Mafia and Playa Fly to name a few. Lou’s family moved to Gwinnett County, Georgia when he was 13. Lou is a close friend of Bow Wow and has even done some recordings himself. While in Philadelphia, Lou recorded several rap tracks and was featured on Philadelphia’s own Meek Mill’s song titled “I Want It All”. Besides himself, his favorite rapper is Lil Wayne. Other interests of Lou are spending time with his daughter Jada, traveling, eating Mexican food, watching Entourage, rooting for the Atlanta Falcons and giving back to the community through the Lou Williams Foundation he founded in 2007 while in Philadelphia. Lou also has an annual summer camp at South Gwinnett High School in Snellville, Georgia for children the ages 10-16. Listen to the interview below as Lou talks about his mixtape and where you can listen to it as well as the status of his ACL injury.
Basketball Background: Lou Williams basketball potential was on notice when he dunked for the first time in the 7th grade standing 5’7″. Lou played high school basketball at South Gwinnett High School in Snellville, Georgia where he led the Comets to a 103-16 record over his career while being named All-State four times. As a junior he led South Gwinnett to win the 5A Georgia State Championship. Lou was named Georgia’s Mr. Basketball his junior and senior season. His senior season he also won the Naismith Prep a Player of the Year after averaging 27.5 points, 6.6 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game. That season, Lou was also selected to the 2005 McDonald’s All-American East Team. After a high school career where he scored over 3,300 points and finishing as the second all-time leading scorer in Georgia high school basketball history, Lou pondered going to the University of Georgia before eventually deciding to make the jump to the NBA. with the 45th pick in the second round of the 2005 NBA Draft, the Philadelphia 76ers took Louis Williams out of South Gwinnett High School. Lou played sparingly his first two seasons and it was not until his third season in Philadelphia when Lou started to come into his own averaging 11.5 points and 3.2 assist per game off the bench. In the following seasons, Lou would increase his scoring average as well as becoming a better three-point shooter. During the 2011-2012 season, his last in Philadelphia, Lou led the 76ers in scoring…..off the bench. He became the first player to lead his team in total points without making a start since Dell Curry accomplished the feat for the Charlotte Hornets in the 1993-94 season. After being a 76er for seven years, Lou signed with the Atlanta Hawks last off season. Lou was averaging 14 points per game while shooting the highest three-point percentage (37%) and free throw percentage (87%) of his career before tearing his ACL, causing him to miss the remainder of the season.
Expectations: Though Lou had successful surgery on his ACL and he has worked tiresome to get back for the season, expect Lou to take sometime to get 100% healthy both mentally and physically before making the type of impact he is capable of at this stage of his career. Do not expect him to miss the entire season ala Derrick Rose, but do not expect him to rush the process either. Once Lou is 100% healthy you can expect him to add scoring from the two guard position whether it’s in a starting capacity or in a role off the bench. He is a much is a much improved shooter and as a scorer, Lou can deliver 20 plus when called upon. It is going to be good to have Lou back in the fold.
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