Don't count the Clippers out just yet, either.
The Los Angeles Clippers have been on the rise after starting the season in a horrible way. At 17-19, the Clippers are currently just outside the playoff picture of the Western Conference and they have come a long way. Despite injury problems that hit 4 of their starters, the Clippers have appeared to have finally figured it out as they are riding on a 4-game winning streak.
Despite losing Chris Paul who is now playing for the Houston Rockets, the Clippers have returned to their winning ways and that's thanks to one guy: Lou Williams.
In 35 games, Lou Williams has only started in 7 of those games as he is proven effective as a solid scorer off the bench. And his numbers aren't lying either. He's the second-leading scorer of the Clippers, averaging 21 points per game- second to Blake Griffin's 23 points per game average. But as mentioned, Lou Williams is an established scorer. In the Clippers' win against the Memphis Grizzlies, Williams scored 33 points.
During the final week of 2017, Williams averaged 28 points and 4 assists per game while helping the Clippers go 3-0. That was enough for Williams to earn his 2nd Western Conference Player of the Week recognition in his career. On New Year's Eve, he scored 40 points, marking the first time a bench player scored that much since he first accomplished the same back in 2016 when he was still playing for the Los Angeles Lakers.
Rumor has it that Lou Williams may be traded this season. If this is true, then the Clippers may be throwing away the lone bright spot that is keeping their season interesting. After all, Lou Williams is one of the front-runners to win this season's Sixth Man of the Year plum.