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Elliot Williams Has Breakthrough Against Atlanta Hawks

Elliot Williams

Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Elliot Williams had a breakthrough in last night’s win against the Atlanta Hawks. Williams scored a career-high 15 points against the Hawks.

He’s had a few games where he’s scored in double-digits, but not quite as high as last night. Williams plays an average 14 minutes per game, but hasn’t been getting much opportunity.

His field-goal shooting percentage has been up recently. Williams is shooting 45 percent from the field the past five games. The Philadelphia 76ers have been relying on sixth man Tony Wroten all season, but if Williams keeps playing like he did against the Hawks, the Sixers will have a chance to keep close in games.

The 125-99 blowout loss to the Hawks didn’t make too much of a difference, but it will help them in future games. Williams also serves as a backup for starting point guard Michael Carter-Williams and the Sixers have a backcourt duo off the bench.

Williams has been on and off all season, but the latest game can help his confidence. Coach Brett Brown will give him more playing time as well.

The Sixers have been decent offensively, but their scoring has dipped recently. The duo of Wroten and Williams can be a high-scoring threat from the bench, and Brown’s tweaks to his playbook allow Williams to get open offensively.

Williams is averaging 4.2 points and 1.6 rebounds in 32 games this season.

Alan Gung is a Philadelphia 76ers writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @AlanGung, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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