The New York Knicks have declared that they are interested in signing the NBA’s reigning Sixth-Man of the Year, Lou Williams, who becomes and unrestricted free agent on July 1st.
New York have less than half their roster locked down for next season, which results in Phil Jackson having approximately $28 million to spend during free agency (that’s after deducting a rookie’s salary). The Knicks have an abundance of holes in need of filling all over the place, from the backcourt to front court, on defense and on offense.
Williams posted 15.5 points per game, 1.9 rebounds per game, 2.1 assists per game and 1.1 steals per game on 40% shooting from the field, 34% from downtown and 86% from the line last season for the Raptors.
The Georgia native is a deadly mid-range shooter, canning 45% of his attempts from 16 feet out to the three point line. Williams is undersized for a two guard and he is slight – 175lbs – which results in just 53% shooting at the rim as he struggles to finish through contact.
The 28-year-old is a handful offensively as he has unlimited range, Williams is in the category of being one of the better ‘bad shot makers’ in the NBA – if you put a hand in his face it does not matter. He’s able to catch and shoot, run off screens as well as creating jumpers off the dribble and getting to the rim. One of the high school products best attributes is his clutch ability, Williams isn’t afraid to take the big shot.
The 6’2 guard leaves a lot to be desired defensively, as Williams is basically a non-factor on this end. He has the tools to be solid but his effort and intensity has been questioned throughout his entire career. Williams often falls asleep off-ball and gets beaten back door or when chasing his opponent around screens.
The 2015 free agency period begins at 12:00 am on July 1st and players can sign their name on the dotted line on July 10th.