Toronto Raptors: 30 greatest players of all-time

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25. Lou Williams

The original SixthMan of the Year for Toronto, Lou Williams won the award in his sole season with the Raptors in the 2014-15 season. Williams averaged 15 points and a whole lot of usage off of the bench.

Lou Will arrived from the Hawks along with the draft rights to Lucas Noguiera. His reputation as a professional microwave was warranted, and still is to this day. His stint in Toronto was a considerably memorable one.

Williams took a few games to get into the swing of things, but once he got going he really started to make his mark.

Williams scored 20-plus points 57 times in his 80 games in Toronto, he hit a then career-high 36 points to knock off the LeBron James led Cleveland Cavaliers. The only win in Cleveland for Toronto during LeBron’s second spell with the Cavaliers, so that counts for something surely.

Lou Williams was a decisive factor in helping the Raptors to a 49-33 season but was unable to inspire the team in the playoffs, a first-round exit followed in that playoff series against the Washington Wizards. You know, the one where they couldn’t take a game off the sixth-seeded team.

Regardless, Sweet Lou’s incredible season earned him the award for the Sixth Man of the Year, narrowly beating Isaiah Thomas to the top honors for the year.

Williams made his intentions abundantly clear — he was willing to re-sign in Toronto but the Raptors declined to offer him a contract.

Williams will go down as one of the greatest career-bench players of all time. A shame that it was only for one year.