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3-time Sixth Man of the Year Lou Williams announces NBA retirement

As the offseason moves along, Lou Williams announced his retirement from the NBA after 17 seasons.

Williams used a Youtube video with his daughter narrating to reveal his decision.

He last played with the Atlanta Hawks in the 2022-23 season, where he played a key role off the bench averaging 6.3 points on 39.1 percent shooting from the floor and 36.3 percent from beyond the arc in 56 games all off the bench.


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After being selected as the pick in the 2005 NBA draft, he put forth a highly-productive NBA career, where averaged 13.9 points and 3.4 assists while playing for the Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Lakers, LA Clippers, Houston Rockets, and Toronto Raptors.

Williams is tied with Jamal Crawford for the all-time record with three Sixth Man of the Year awards. He also holds the NBA mark with 13,396 points scored off the bench, which is 2,117 points more than Crawford.

Williams was an offensive spark plug as a reserve that played a key part in the success of each of the stops in his NBA career. His decision to retire doesn’t come as much of a surprise given that he didn’t play with a team this past season.

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Although it’s unlikely he will garner a Hall of Fame induction, he has made a significant impact on the game. He helped elevate the importance of the Sixth Man role.

Alongside Crawford, the two served as key parts in helping define the role of a scoring guard off the bench.

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