Regular readers of these pages are well aware that I consider this “The Golden Era Of The Point Guard” in the Association, as the NBA might be blessed with the largest group of quality players at the point, in the entire history of the Association. Although Chris Paul, Derrick Rose, Deron Williams, Russell Westbrook and Rajon Rondo could arguably makeup the top-five guards in the one slot at this time, players with less experience such as George Hill, John Wall and Jeff Teague have come on strong. This past season saw more potential stars join the ranks including Kyrie Irving, Ricky Rubio, Brandon Knight, Iman Shumpert and Kemba Walker.
With the abundant talent in the Association capable of running an NBA offense, there are still teams who are looking to upgrade at the position. When Jason Kidd, who is a future member of the Basketball Hall Of Fame and still talented, although on the downward slope of his career, can command a three-year contract from the New York Knicks, it is a sign that some teams are desperate for help to be the quarterback of their squad.
That is what puzzles me that teams have neglected to show an interest in Free Agent point guard Lou Williams, who has played his entire career for the Philadelphia 76ers, but will not be back with the club next season. Williams was a second round pick by the Sixers in the 2005 NBA Draft, who has clearly exceeded expectations. Although he came off the pine in all 64 games that he played this past campaign and just 26.3 minutes on the floor, he still ended the season averaging 14.9 points, 3.5 assists and 2,5 rebounds per contest. Those are better totals than some current starters in the Association.
Williams earned my eternal respect back in November of 2009, he played 39 minutes leading his team with 26 points in a loss to the Washington Wizards, after he suffered a broken jaw during the contest and remained on the court. Although he is just 6’1″ and weighs in at about 175 pounds, he may be one of the toughest players in the Association. In a time when players seem to take forever to recover from a paper-cut sometimes, Williams is true throw-back.
So Houston, Dallas, Miami and other teams that are looking for a guy that could help them reach the next level, should start paying attention to Williams. He is going to end up being a strong asset for some squad in the Association in the upcoming campaign.