This is highly unlikely to happen and realistically Lou Williams should run away with a second consecutive 6th Man of the Year award (3rd total, tying Jamal Crawford for most ever). However, it would be a huge testament to what the Los Angeles Clippers have done this season.
The Los Angeles Clippers currently have the second-ranked bench in the NBA behind the Brooklyn Nets. The Clippers’ bench has the most potent offense in the league ranking number 1 in efficiency. They also lead the NBA in bench scoring and assists, averaging 53 points and 10.7 assists per game. Overall, the Clippers have greatly exceeded expectations as they were only projected 35.5 wins this season. They currently hold the last playoff spot with 42 wins after trading their best player in Tobias Harris for young guys and picks. I can’t stress enough how good of a spot the Clippers are in. They have a young core, a ton of picks for the future, the second most cap space, scrappy veterans, a record of 8-2 in their last 10 heading into the playoffs, and a hell of a coach. Williams and Montrezl Harrell are a huge reason for their success this season.
It should also be noted that Doc Rivers deserves a ton of credit for the Clippers success too, and consideration for the Coach of the Year award. Clippers owner Steve Ballmer just made that clear, rewarding Doc with a multi-year extension following all the Lakers rumors linked to Rivers last night.
Harrell is starting to rise as a Most Improved Player candidate as he has improved in every statistical category coming off the bench. In 24 minutes per game, he is averaging 16.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks. Harrell is one of the most efficient players in the NBA due to his absolute monster play in the paint. His tenacity and energy are what makes him key to this team. He is the energizer that most teams lack and has come up huge for the Clippers many times this season, demolishing second units.
If you are an NBA fan, you know about Sweet Lou. Coming off a career year last year as a 32-year-old, he is mirroring his play again this season. In 26 minutes per game, Williams is averaging 20.3 points, 5.3 assists, and 3 rebounds. Williams has also been one of the most clutch players in the NBA, scoring the second most points in the 4th quarter, following MarShon Brooks. Williams hot streak has been joyous to watch as he recently made history by passing Dell Curry in all-time bench points.
I am almost certain Williams will run away with the award, but I would love to see this. They have both been huge components to the Clippers success and deserve endless credit for doing the unthinkable this season. Here are some plain disrespectful game winners from Williams to prove my point:
This lovable team should be fun to watch in the playoffs. Maybe they can pull off an upset, maybe not. However, what they have accomplished this season is something to be proud of and has set them up quite nicely for free agency. The future is bright for the best team in LA. Go Clippers!