17-year NBA veteran Lou Williams has announced his retirement

Lou Williams is the NBA’s all-time leader in bench scoring with 13,396 points.

Atlanta (AP) – Lou Williams announced his retirement from the NBA on Sunday, ending a career after winning the league’s Sixth Man award three times and scoring more points than anyone in history.

Williams played for six teams – Philadelphia, Toronto, Los Angeles Lakers, Houston, Los Angeles Clippers and Atlanta. He last played with the Hawks in the 2021-22 season.

In 1,123 regular-season games played over 17 seasons, Williams struck out 1,001. He scored 13,396 points off the bench, 2,117 more than Jamal Crawford and 2,249 more than Dell Curry.

Williams and Crawford are the only three recipients of the Sixth Man Award in league history.

Williams was the 45th overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft. Of the 60 players taken that year, only Chris Paul scored more points in the NBA than Williams — who went straight out of high school into the league.

He scored 50 points against the Warriors in 2018.

He finished his career with 15,593 points, 131st in NBA history.

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