Chauncey Billups is out for the season, recovering from surgery on his left Achilles tendon, but the Los Angeles Clippers still haven't moved Mo Williams into the starting five. Rather, Williams is thriving off the bench -- and don't think his teammates haven't noticed.
"It means a lot," Chris Paul said in an interview with HoopsHype today. "Mo's a starter in this league and everybody knows that, but he's coming off the bench right now. To me, he's the leading candidate for Sixth Man of the Year. Without him, we're not doing what we're doing right now."
Williams is averaging 13.7 points per game this season as the Clippers' third guard, including double figures in 11 of his last 14 games. He dropped a season-high 26 in a big win over the Mavericks on Jan. 18.
Sixth Man honors are up for grabs this season as last year's winner, Lamar Odom, is struggling off the bench this season for the Mavs.