While the starters on any sports team might get most of the glory, it pays to be a backup sometimes, too.
Lou Williams, the Los Angeles Clippers’ sixth man and one of the best bench players in the history of the league, set the all-time record for points scored off of the bench in the Clippers’ 140-115 win over the Boston Celtics on Monday night.
Williams, who is now in his 13th season in the NBA, had a masterful performance on Monday, scoring 34 points in the Clippers rout.
He passed point guard Dell Curry to set the mark for points off of the bench with a basket in the fourth quarter of the win on Monday.
Despite being 32 years old, Williams has been one of the Clippers´ most important players this season. Despite only averaging 26 minutes per game, he has scored more than 20 points per game on average and served as a veteran presence on a Clippers team that has exceeded expectations.
Williams has been named the NBA Sixth Man of the Year twice in his career, once with the Raptors in 2015, and again with the Clippers last season.
He appears to be the favorite to take home the award this year as well.
It´s certainly not bad for a former 45th overall pick and a bench player. Williams has proven that the brightest stars in sports sometimes aren’t even starters.