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Mar 18, 2015; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors guard Lou Williams (23) dribbles past Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins (22) and forward Adreian Payne (3) during the second half of the Raptors 105-100 win at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

Lou Williams

This one may not make any sense, and I’m okay with that. Like I said, sometimes it’s okay to be irrational. Sweet Lou. If only things had gone better for you with the Hawks, and last season’s triumphs could have occurred in Phillips Arena rather than Canada. The song Drake wrote about you would have been written by 2Chainz or Young Jeezy instead, but that wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world.

Williams played only two injury riddled seasons with the Hawks, but he showed enough promise to win his way into my heart (I may have bought a Lou Williams shirsey during this time period).

During a 39 game stretch in 2012-2013 the Georgia native averaged 14.1 points and 3.6 assists per game on 42.1 percent shooting and 36.7 percent from three-point range. Then he tore his ACL and was forced to miss the remainder of the season. He played 60 games the next season after returning from the knee injury, but was less effective. He averaged 10.4 points per game and struggled to shoot 40 percent from the field and 34.2 percent from outside.

He rebounded last season with the Raptors, averaging 15.5 points per game off the bench and winning the Sixth Man of the Year award.

Am I letting the awesomeness of his last season with Toronto form a better impression of him in my mind? Possibly. But, there’s a lot to like. A Drake song? A weird tabloid story about having two girlfriends? Winning the Sixth Man of the Year for the Raptors and then signing with the Lakers? Lou is the hero the NBA deserves.

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