The Atlanta Hawks have stated that they believe shooting guard Lou Williams will be able to contribute in training camp at the start of next season.
Williams, who was one of Atlanta’s top scorers before going down, 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.
Many speculated that Williams would not be ready in time for next season due to a lengthy rehabilitation process but Atlanta believes he will be able to suit up in approximately eight months, which is when training camp starts across the NBA. The reason for so much optimism among the organization is due to the fact that other athletes, most notably NFL running back Adrian Peterson, have been able to recover much quicker than originally thought by the doctors that examined them.
If the 26-year-old is in fact able to start playing right away next season then obviously, the Hawks will benefit greatly as they believe he is the future of the team. Williams, who spent his entire career with the Philadelphia 76ers before signing with Atlanta this past summer, is expected to fill the role of Joe Johnson and help the team get to places they have never been before.
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.