The Philadelphia 76ers started off their 2013 NBA Draft by shocking almost everyone when they foolishly traded away their lone all-star Jrue Holiday to the New Orleans Pelicans for number-six pick Nerlens Noel. However, Philadelphia redeemed themselves and smartly drafted Micael Carter-Williams with the 11th overall pick.
Carter-Williams will replace Holiday on the Sixers. He averaged 11.9 points and 7.3 assists last season with Syracuse. The Sixers team was young last season, but with the acquisition of Noel and drafting Carter-Williams, they are going even younger.
There seems to be a long-term plan in place, however, the Sixers are still without a coach. Noel and Carter-Williams will need to work hard and develop refined their basketball skills so they can hopefully help the Sixers have a half-decent season.
With Holiday out of Philadelphia, Carter-Williams will need to step up and be Holiday’s true replacement. Personally, it would have been better to have both Holiday and Carter-Williams on the team, and allow Carter-Williams to learn from Holiday. However, that is not the case and the pressure will be on him early.
Many Sixers fans will probably be mad about Holiday being traded away. But if Carter-Williams can emerge fast and be successful early on, then the sour taste left by the trade will disappear. On the other hand, Carter-Williams will hear loud and clear from the vocal Philadelphia fans, if he fails to rise up and do well.
Because of the trade involving Holiday, more pressure and higher expectations are now on Carter-Williams. Carter-Willams the ball is in your court to either do well in Philadelphia and erase the sour taste of the trade, or do poorly and hear the cacophony of boos.
Phil Naegely is a sports writer for RantSports.com. Like him on Facebook, follow him on Twitter@pnaegelyRS and add him to your circles on Google.