2013 NBA Draft: Michael Carter-Williams Tweets He's Heading to New Orleans

By Ryan Heckman


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With the 2013 NBA Draft two weeks away, the New Orleans Pelicans are officially starting their pre-draft workouts on Friday. The Pelicans have the sixth overall pick in the first round and will have a few great options available. It has not been made clear just who the Pelicans are working out just yet, but a certain point guard may have given us a hint.

Michael Carter-Williams, point guard out of Syracuse, recently tweeted he was on his way to New Orleans for a workout. Now, whether that means he is working out for the Pelicans is unclear. But, it’s definitely likely. Carter-Williams averaged 11.9 points, 7.3 assists and 4.9 rebounds per game last year with Syracuse. He also stole the ball just short of three times per contest as well – quite impressive.

The question I have, though, is why New Orleans is even working him out. With two young guards in Greivis Vasquez and Austin Rivers already on the roster, the Pelicans could definitely use more help down low instead.

Carter-Williams is absolutely a fair pick at number six, but for the Pelicans I see them taking somebody like Anthony Bennett out of UNLV who could give them a playmaker down low instead of continuing to add on guards to the mix. Bennett is a versatile forward that can do just about whatever you ask of him.

Whatever route the Pelicans end up going, you have to believe they are going to be drafting best available. If that happens to be Carter-Williams in the mind of the front office, I guess you cannot hate that decision. But, he may not be in the top six players in the draft. Either way, look for Carter-Williams’ workout results coming soon and maybe he will convince his critics otherwise.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior NBA writer for RantSports.com also contributing to the NFL. Follow him on Twitter @ryanmheckman  or add him to your network on Google.

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