Atlanta Hawks guard Lou Williams said the 2021-22 NBA season is probably his last one. Williams didn't fully commit to retiring at the season's end, leaving open the opportunity to return. But he made it clear his mindset is that this is his final season.
Williams said, "I got drafted when I was 17. The NBA is all I know. But, as much as you think you are prepared, you aren't. And this is probably my last year. So, I'm getting mentally prepared for that."
The 2021-22 season is Williams' 17th year in the NBA. He was drafted straight out of high school at the 2005 NBA Draft. The Philadelphia 76ers selected Williams with the 15th pick of the second round.
In 16-plus seasons, Williams has averaged 14.3 points per game. Williams has won the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year award three times, including back-to-back years in 2018 and 2019.