Atlanta Hawks Need Lou Williams To End Slump Soon

By Andrew Shaw
Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports

Lou Williams recent play is a big concern for the Atlanta Hawks right now. Williams has not been playing at a high enough level to get the job done on the court and it is really hurting the Hawks’ chances of winning games. After Al Horford went down with a season-ending injury, Williams looked like the guy who was going to replace the scoring production of the All-Star center.

In the first two games without Horford, he went off for 28 points in the win over the Charlotte Bobcats and then followed that up with an 18 point performance in the loss to the Orlando Magic in his next game. However, ever since the Magic game, the offensive production of Williams has taken a turn for the worst, as he finds himself in the midst of a terrible slump for the Hawks.

After averaging 11.4 points per game in the month of December, this month he’s only managed to average 6.1 points over the course of seven games. I don’t need to do the math to tell you that this is a big difference in point production for the sixth man of the Hawks. What’s even worse for Atlanta is their record during his slump. In the last seven games, the Hawks only won two games, and both came on their home floor at Philips Arena.

The biggest reason for Williams’ lack of scoring in the month of January is due to the fact that he has not been able to find his rhythm shooting the basketball. He’s shooting a miserable 29.8 percent from the field, which includes his awful three-point shooting at 27.8 percent. To illustrate just how bad he’s in a slump, last month his shooting percentage was almost 40 percent from field. If he can get back to around that number, the Hawks should be fine, but right now, there is some cause for concern.

When Williams plays well like he did in the month of December, the results for the Hawks are a lot different. Last month, his great play off the bench helped lead Atlanta to a 9-5 record and showcased why he’s coach Mike Budenholzer‘s choice as the sixth man. However, if Williams doesn’t start to pick it up on the offensive end, coach Bud may have to consider some other options going forward. I truly don’t believe he will have to make some changes, but that all rests on Williams’ shoulders now.

Andrew Shaw is an Atlanta Hawks writer for Follow Him on Twitter @AShaw003, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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