Free agent pickup Lou WIlliams could thrive in Atlanta by finding the right niche within the new look Hawks offense.
General Manager Danny Ferry has been hard at work this off-season, his first with the Hawks franchise after replacing Rick Sund. Ferry’s made a lot of transactions in a short period of time, and one of the big questions with Atlanta next season will be how free agent addition Lou Williams will mesh with Jeff Teague and Devin Harris in the backcourt. Harris was acquired from the Utah Jazz in exchange for Marvin Williams and Williams signed as a free agent.
Williams was great coming off the bench and providing an instant scoring spark for the Philadelphia 76ers, and he tells the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he doesn’t see that role changing too much with the Hawks.
“I was off the ball [in Philadelphia], I would prefer to be off the ball, and I think both of those guys [Teague and Harris] are on the ball,” he said. “So I don’t think it will be an issue as much as people think it is. Once we open up camp I’m sure Coach [Larry] Drew will do a good job in figuring out where everyone is going to go.”
It might be hard for Williams to play a lot of minutes though because of the newly acquired depth Atlanta has at both guard positions. Teague and Harris will most likely be splitting time at the point, with Anthony Morrow and rookie John Jenkins as the sharpshooters at the 2 position. All four players have above average skills but with that being said, Williams might be the best playmaker within the group due to his ability to create off the dribble. Williams could take you to the hoop and finish better, or just simply drive into the paint, make the defense collapse, then kick it out to a teammate for an open jumper.
“In the past, in Philadelphia my role was to come in the game and just light it up and score as many points as I possibly could,” Williams said. “Talking to Coach Drew and talking to Danny I think my role will be similar, if not increased. Obviously you have Devin [and] you have Jeff, who are very talented guards, and then you add myself into that mode.
“I have always been a team player, a team guy. I don’t plan on coming in here competing with these guys negatively. I think we all can contribute.”