Lou Williams deserves All-Star selection, Clippers coach Doc Rivers says

first_imgWilliams isn’t expected to make the team, however. The competition is fierce and there is a long list of guards ahead of him.“Lou deserves it,” Rivers continued. “A lot of guys deserve it. I wish the league would go to 15 guys. Whatever we dress (during regular-season games) we should dress for All-Stars. I’ve always believed that, not because Lou might or might not make it.“Just because it would be the right thing to do. We’ll see.”Williams went into the Clippers’ game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday averaging a team-leading 23.4 points on 44.9 percent shooting to go with 5 assists and 2.5 rebounds in 44 games, including 14 starts. He was a leading candidate for the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year at midseason.He scored 20 points or more in eight straight games as a reserve, tying Jrue Holiday for the longest streak among active players in the NBA (Feb. 8 to 27, 2016). He’s been pressed into service as a starter because of injuries to Patrick Beverley and Austin Rivers. LOS ANGELES — The NBA on Tuesday will reveal the All-Star reserves for the Feb. 18 game at Staples Center. If Clippers coach Doc Rivers had his way rosters would be expanded to 15 players for each team and the selections made by All-Star captains Steph Curry and LeBron James would be televised.Oh, and one other thing.Lou Williams would be on the team.“I would have voted for Lou,” Rivers said Monday. “I think he deserves it.” Williams averaged 30.2 points in his last 15 games going into Monday, with the Clippers going 11-4 during that stretch, moving above .500 and rejoining the Western Conference playoff race. The Clippers were 23-22, eighth in the conference standings.“Lou’s been a godsend for us,” Rivers said last week. “He’s been amazing. The story about Lou is how good he’s been offensively. That’s what you see. What you don’t see is all the other stuff he’s done for this team, not only on the floor but off the floor.”Rivers has been pleasantly surprised by Williams’ off-the-court leadership.“We don’t know guys,” Rivers said. “We see guys skip around. We see the type of player they are, the type of scorer they are, and you form your own opinions about guys and then you coach them or play with them and you realize, ‘Wow, completely different.’“Lou has been that for me. He’s been wonderful off the floor. What I like most about Lou is he was at his best when we were at our worst. I’m not talking about his scoring. I’m talking about his word and his actions. He was his absolute best when we were at our absolute worst.”Rivers referred to a nine-game losing streak earlier in the season.MEDICAL UPDATEThe Clippers’ list of injured players grew by one, with Jawun Evans sidelined by a lower abdominal injury. They had only nine healthy bodies available to play against the Timberwolves, who were without Jamal Crawford (toe) and Jimmy Butler (knee).Doc Rivers said DeAndre Jordan is close to a return from a sprained left ankle and that Danilo Gallinari (left glute) participated in the team’s morning shootaround. Austin Rivers (right ankle impingement) is still about two weeks from returning to the court, though.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more