The National Basketball Association announced Monday guard Lou Williams has been named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played November 17-23. Williams earned the honours for the first time in his career and joined Chris Bosh (7X), Vince Carter (7X), Mike James, Jalen Rose and Kyle Lowry as the only players in team history to win the award.
Williams helped the Raptors to a 3-0 record last week, averaging 23.7 points off the bench while shooting .526 (10-for-19) from three-point range and a perfect 21-for-21 at the free throw line.
He was the only player in the NBA last week to average 23.0+ points and play less than 25.0 minutes. During Saturday’s 110-93 win at Cleveland, Williams sparked an 18-point comeback with a career-high 36 points. He became the first non-starter in team history to shoot a perfect 15-for-15 at the free throw line.
Williams is averaging 13.4 points in 13 games this season, the most among Eastern Conference reserve players. He has scored in double figures in nine of the last 10 games (Nov. 4-22).
Toronto currently leads the Eastern Conference with a franchise-best 11-2 record. The Raptors have the best home mark in the East (8-1) and play host to the Phoenix Suns tonight at Air Canada Centre (7:30 p.m. TSN2/Sportsnet 590 The FAN).