The Atlanta Hawks were gliding along this year with another playoff berth on the horizon, but the season-ending injury to Lou Williams has certainly changed the outlook of the season.
Williams underwent surgery on his right knee to repair the torn ACL that he suffered against the Brooklyn Nets on Jan. 18. Dr. James Andrews performed the surgery on Thursday while Hawks orthopedic surgeon Dr. Ashok Reddy was there to help in the process.
Atlanta has struggled ever since the high-scoring guard has been out as the team has gone 5-5 in their last 10 games, including a loss to the Nets the night Williams went down. The 26-year-old, who had spent his entire career with the Philadelphia 76ers prior to this season, signed with the Hawks in free agency this past summer. After losing Joe Johnson in a trade, the team had high hopes for Williams and still does for whenever he will be able to return next season.
The two guard positions have been a revolving door ever since Williams went down three weeks ago. Anthony Morrow has missed significant time with back problems while point guard Devin Harris has been dealing with an ankle injury. The Hawks even had to sign Jannero Pargo to another 10-day contract just to try and keep the team afloat.
Not to mention, without Williams the team is even considering trading Josh Smith because the organization feels they might not be able to have much of an impact in the postseason without a solid shooter. Since this is Smith’s contract year Atlanta is hoping they can get something decent and rebuild for next season.
Williams averaged 14.1 points (third on the team), 3.6 assists and 1.1 steals per game while shooting 42.2 percent from the field and 36.7 percent from beyond the arc in 28.7 minutes this season.