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76ers pick up Williams' option

At the end of the season, South Gwinnett grad Louis Williams started getting extensive minutes for the Philadelphia 76ers.

It turns out he was impressive enough that the NBA club chose to give him a contract extension for his efforts.

On Thursday, the 76ers announced they decided to pick up Williams' third-year option of $770,610, meaning the 20-year-old will be in Philadelphia for at least one more season.

"I feel secure for a while longer," Williams told the Philadelphia Daily News. "I'm going to take advantage on a different level next season, because it's all about growth. I thought, coming on late in the season, I had earned it, but you can never be sure."

He's sure now.

In the 76ers' last six games, Williams saw plenty of action. And the all-time prep scorer in Georgia history delivered.

Williams, who served as Philadelphia's back-up point guard for the last 2⁄3 of the season, averaged 13.5 points, five assists and four rebounds in the final six games of 2007, including back-to-back games where he scored a career-high 18 points.

And despite usually being the smallest player on the court, Williams - like he did at South Gwinnett - showed an innate ability to get to the free-throw line.

Over the final six games, Williams was 32-of-39 from the line (82.1 percent).

For the season, the second-year guard (who is still the eighth youngest player in the NBA) averaged 4.3 points, 1.8 assists and 1.1 rebounds in 11.3 minutes per game.

He made huge strides from his rookie year, where he played in just 30 games and scored a total of just 56 points - or 25 less than he scored in the last six contests of this season alone.