Last weekend I unleashed the wildly popular Monta Ellis-Louis Williams comparison. Today, I will attempt to debunk another myth -- that Aaron Brooks is head-and-shoulders above Lou Williams as a basketball player -- with a second player comparison.
The consensus among NBA fans, analysts, and even Sixers fans is that Aaron Brooks is significantly better than Lou Williams. Last season Brooks built upon his breakout playoff performance against the Lakers by averaging nearly 20 points per game. Brooks ended up winning the NBA's Most Improved Player award and also garnered a little All-Star hype before the break.
Meanwhile, Lou Williams had a breakout year of his own, yet went unnoticed by many, and rightfully so. The Sixers organization was nothing short of a complete train wreck last season, and let's be real, no one cares about some combo-guard's breakout season on a 27-win team. The only reason I care is because I'm a Sixers fan on a quest to earn Lou Williams a little respect -- not necessarily national respect, just respect amongst Sixers fans.
Follow the jump for the Aaron Brooks-Louis Williams comparison.
Lou and Aaron both had their career years last season, and much like their career comparison of advanced statistics, Brooks and Williams' numbers last season were similar. However; Lou's advantage in most categories improved from 'slight' to 'significant'. Higher PER (18.2 to 16.0) and shooting percentages (.576/.521 to .549/.511), much better rebounding percentages (1.5/10.1/5.8 to 2.0/6.6/4.2), and many more Win Shares per 48 (0.130 to 0.091).