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Clippers’ Lou Williams wins NBA Sixth Man of the Year

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LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 13: Lou Williams #23 of the LA Clippers bites his jersey as he walks onto the court after a timeout during the second quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at Staples Center on November 13, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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This was a runaway.

There were other good sixth men this past season — Eric Gordon, Fred Van Vleet, Will Barton — but Lou Williams was in a class of his own. With Chris Paul gone and Blake Griffin traded mid-season, more and more responsibility fell on Williams, and he lived up to it, averaging 22.6 points and 5.3 assists per game, at times carrying the Los Angeles offense.

Monday night in Los Angeles, Williams was named the NBA Sixth Man of the Year for the second time in his career.

Williams is one of those forgotten second-round picks that turns out to be a special player in the league for a long time. At age 31 and after 13 NBA seasons, he shows no signs of slowing down.

Williams ran away with the voting, having 97 first-place votes out of the 101 cast by select media members. In second was Eric Gordon (3 first place votes) followed in order by Fred Van Vleet (1), Will Barton, and Wayne Ellington.