2013 NBA Draft Prospect: Michael Carter-Williams

By Jeremy Hayes
MIchael Carter-Williams Syracuse
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Syracuse guard Michael Carter-Williams will not only get a chance to be a starter, but he has more upside than anyone in the 2013 NBA Draft.

Carter-Williams is one of the more interesting players in this year’s draft because of his size and playing ability. He stands at 6-foot-6, which makes him an exceptional prospect at the point guard position.

Carter-Williams has the chance to be a top defensive point guard in the NBA and become an “assist machine” for a team with a good offense. He is very similar to Rajon Rondo of the Boston Celticsonly taller.

That being said, the downside to Carter-Williams is that he is not a good shooter or scorer. He only averaged 11.9 points per game in college, which is unimpressive compared to most of the top lottery prospects in the field.

Draft range: picks no. 8-9

Fans may find it hard to believe, but Carter-Williams’ ceiling is way higher than fellow point guard prospect Trey Burke out of Michigan. On draft day, teams may forgo other point guards with more stock value, like Burke, for the chance to develop Carter-Williams.

Do not expect him to slip out of the top 10 of the draft.

Draft prediction: Detroit Pistons

Though the guard tandem of Carter-Williams and Brandon Knight might sound ideal  for the Pistons, it might not be enough to make them a great team. They would have the chance to at least compete if they drafted him eighth overall.

With a selection like Carter-Williams and the signing of a veteran small forward, the Pistons would look to be back in business.

Overall prospect grade: A



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