The Toronto Raptors elected to let Lou Williams bolt during free agency this summer, and the NBA’s reigning Sixth Man of the Year says part of his success last season was a result of former head coach Dwane Casey’s isolation-heavy offense.
Williams says he’ll embrace whatever role he’s given by Byron Scott in 2015-16.
The 10-year veteran thinks he’ll thrive with the Los Angeles Lakers, and says his new teammates are hungry to bounce back from a terrible 21-61 campaign.
From the Lakers’ team website (via reddit):
In fact, Williams claims that he is open to altering his role if head coach Byron Scott wishes to. He has started just 54 of his 634 career games but is willing to step into the starting lineup if asked.
Furthermore, Williams — who averaged 4.2 assists in Philadelphia in 2009-10 — saw that number halved last season in Toronto. But at the same time, he was also able to pour in a career-high 15.5 points per game. The 28-year-old sees this as a testament to his ability to adapt to his offense’s needs.
“I’m open to whatever,” Williams said. “I think in Toronto my job was to score just based on the system that we had. We played a lot of iso basketball — a lot of one-on-one basketball. And here the system is more free-flowing for guys to have the opportunity to make plays and put guys in position to score the basketball, as well as yourself. So whatever’s asked of me, I’m willing to do it.”