The return of Lou Williams from injury should definitely help the Atlanta Hawks reach their goal of the NBA playoffs. Williams provides a great scoring option off the bench and fills a need that the Hawks lacked before his return. Williams will be asked to fulfill the role of the sixth man for the Hawks, and I believe he is more than qualified to fill this role and should contribute on a nightly basis. Depending on Williams’ performances, he should put himself in the discussion for sixth man of the year. However, that will be a daunting task for Williams as he tries to get back to the player he was before suffering a torn ACL in his right knee last season. I think he will return to form and become a key contributor for the Hawks on their playoff run.
The Hawks’ bench has been good so far, but with the return of Williams, the bench instantly becomes lethal. There can never be enough scorers on a team, and that is exactly what Williams brings to the Hawks off the bench. Last year with the Hawks, he averaged 14.1 points per game in the sixth man role. The Hawks will need that kind of production again from the shooting guard if they wish to make the playoffs. With Williams back, the offense becomes even better due to his ability to create his own shot when needed. Not only can he create his own shot, but Williams can also shoot from anywhere. If you need him to hit the three, he can do that. How about stepping just inside the three-point line and hitting the long two? Well, he can do that too. That’s not all either, Williams has the mid-range jumper and the ability to take it to the hole as well. Essentially, he can do it all.
If Williams can return to his former self,he will put himself in the race for sixth man of the year. The Hawks need Williams, and I truly believe he will get back to the level of play I’ve witnessed before in order to become a key piece in the Hawks’ run for the playoffs. Watch out NBA, Williams is back.