The Los Angeles Lakers were unable to make any big signings this offseason, but they did sign the 2014-15 Sixth Man of the Year in Lou Williams. Williams signed a moderate, three-year deal, and although the Lakers have depth at guard, he will give them a quality scorer upon whom they can rely. Yet, it will be interesting to see how he fits in with the rest of the team, especially Nick Young, another high volume shooter off of the bench.
Williams is a scoring guard who operates best with the ball in his hands. He is an adequate shooter, and a good enough ball-handler to beat his man one on one. He does well in isolation situations, and can help jump start an offense. His creativity opens up lanes for others, and he has shown in the past that he can be a willing passer. The coaches will need to utilize his scoring talents, although there are several young players who need to be worked in as well.
D’Angelo Russell figures to start at point, and Jordan Clarkson should see big minutes at both guard positions. Kobe Bryant will likely spend more time at small forward, but he will also see his fair share of time at shooting guard. This means that Williams will often times be on the court with other ball-dominant players, and he will have to be effective both on the ball and off the ball.
In addition to this, Williams will also have to mesh with Young, who will continue his role off of the bench. Both players have a quick trigger, and are not afraid to shoot the ball. They can get hot at any time, but they can also shoot their teams out of games — something that could be a problem next season. Neither player is a plus defender, although Young has said that he will work on that part of his game.
Williams and Young both have talent, and if they are able to share the ball then they could make this a very exciting second unit. The Lakers have made some underrated moves to strengthen their depth, which could be an advantage to their team. If these two players get hot, then the team can steal some games in the regular season, as well as make for an entertaining duo for the fans. However, both players will have to sacrifice on both ends of the court, especially since there are plenty of ball-dominant players on the roster.