Lou-Will-Ville: Why 76ers Guard Should Stay in Philadelphia

Allen VickersContributor IMarch 27, 2012

PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 27: Lou Williams #23 of the Philadelphia 76ers in action during the game against the Miami Heat at the Wells Fargo Center on October 27, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
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Earlier this week Philadelphia 76ers guard Lou Williams fielded some questions about his contract situation with Sixers.

At the end of the season, the Sixers leading scorer will have the ability to opt-out of the final year of his contract, making him a free agent.

The Sixers need to sign Lou Williams for the long haul because of his big play ability. Coming off the bench this year, Williams has averaged 15.6 points per game, just under four assists and two rebounds.

He is more than eligible to hoist the NBA's Sixth Man award. His clutch-factor has appeared in multiple games by draining big-threes or mid-range shots.    

Filling out the stat sheet is not the only way in which 6’1" guard helps the 76ers.

Williams’ energy and fearlessness that he brings on the court has made him liked by fans, and respected by his NBA peers. Both he and Thaddeus Young both have come off the bench this season, and either help out the team from getting buried by a slow start or they will pile up points on opponents when ahead.         

Lou Williams has shown much progress since coming into the NBA as a second round pick back in 2005.

Every year his stats have improved, whether it be in three-point shooting, or points per game. There has also been a steady decline in his turnovers per game, which is also positive. There was a rise in his points and averages back in the 2009-2010 season and that can be attributed to him starting 38 games.

This shows that Lou Williams has the capability to be a starter as well as a sixth man, coming off the bench.     

Signing Lou Williams will definitely be worth it to the Philadelphia 76ers. As of now he’s a sixth man that has confidence in his game and his role, and that is hard to find in the NBA.

The Sixers have a great group of guys, but keeping Lou Williams in a Sixers uniform should definitely be a top priority.  In the NBA having a good bench is almost important as having a decent starting-five. The past Dallas Mavericks', Lakers' and Celtics' championship teams, all had deep benches that played a key role in winning a championship for them.

The 76ers should not overpay for Lou Williams, but to keep him will be in their best interest going forward.