- Philadelphia 76ers 2005 - present
Louis Tyrone Williams is a professional basketball player from the USA who plays as a point guard. Often likened to his former All-Star teammate, Allen Iverson, in terms of playing style, Williams began his high school career at South Gwinnett High School.
In his four seasons at South Gwinnett, Williams was named to the All-State team on all four occasions. He was also named as Georgia’s Mr. Basketball in his junior and senior seasons as well as being voted the “Most Athletic” Senior Superlative by other college basketball players in his class. In his junior year, Williams was instrumental in leading the team to 5A Georgia State Championship title by averaging 27.5 points per game with 6.6 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game. He led the team to a 28-3 record as well as fourth place in the state.
In 2005, Williams won the Naismith Prep Player of the Year award and was also named to the McDonald’s All-American East Team. Williams decided to commit to the University of Georgia however, he later decided to declare for the 2005 NBA Draft after becoming the second-highest all-time scorer in the history of Georgia State Basketball.
The pre-draft workouts didn’t go well for Williams, dropping him to the second round of the draft. The Philadelphia 76ers picked Williams at 45th overall at the 2005 NBA Draft. Williams, the seventh youngest player to be drafted into the NBA, was used in just 30 games, playing barely 5 minutes per game throughout his rookie season. He was injured to the latter part of the season, missing the beginning of the 2006-07 season.
Williams was sent down to the NBA Developmental League, to play with the Fort Worth Flyers, in a bid to get him up to speed with the level of play at the NBA. Williams was impressive in the D-League, scoring at 26 points per game with 7 assists although he was there for just 3 games. After Allen Iverson’s trade rumours hit the news, Williams returned to the 76ers in December.
In 2007-08, Williams played 80 games through the season, scoring at 11.5 points per game with 3.2 assists and absolutely no starts. In 2008-09, Williams again played 81 games as a bench-starter, playing 81 games while scoring at 12.8 points per game. He became a restricted free agent at the end of the season, re-signing with the Sixers on a 5-year, $25 million deal.
With Allen Iverson returning to the team in 2009-10, Williams has received even lesser playing time this year.