NEW YORK — Toronto Raptors guard Lou Williams has won the NBA's Sixth Man Award.
He was honored as the league's best reserve on Monday (Tuesday, Manila time) after averaging a career-high 15.5 points in his 10th season and helping Toronto win a franchise-record 49 games.
Williams received 78 first-place votes and 502 total points from a panel of 130 sports writers and broadcasters throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Isaiah Thomas of the Boston Celtics finished second with 324 points (33 first-place votes). Two-time winner Jamal Crawford of the Los Angeles Clippers was third with 131 points (eight first-place votes).
Williams came off the bench in all 80 of his appearances and averaged 25.2 minutes. He led or tied for the team lead in scoring 18 times, second most in the league for a reserve. The Raptors went 14-4 in those games. He also led the Raptors in free throw percentage (86.1) and made a career-high 152 3-pointers.