Philadelphia 76ers Must Hand Keys to Franchise to Michael Carter-Williams Right Away

By Zach Slotter
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Everyone can see by what has transpired in Philadelphia lately that the Philadelphia 76ers are in complete rebuild mode. Some would even go as far as to call it “tank mode,” but for the sake of integrity we will refer to it as a rebuild here.

The first two pieces of the rebuild are now in place after the 2013 NBA Draft when the Sixers traded to acquire the rights to Nerlens Noel and drafted Michael Carter-Williams with their own pick at No. 11 overall.

Noel won’t play until at least Christmas while he is recovering from a torn ACL, but Carter-Williams is expected to not only play but also log a ton of minutes as the club’s only true point guard on the roster. My advice to Sixers management and their coaching staff: Don’t give MCW the Evan Turner treatment.

What do I mean by this? Turner was a No. 2 overall pick a few years back and was supposed to be the new face of the franchise. But all Doug Collins did was treat him like dirt. Having Jodie Meeks start over you is very crushing to a player’s confidence, and I bet Turner has never truly felt wanted by his team. His first two years in the league he was looking over his shoulder every time he made a mistake because of the extremely short leash he was given. I think this has truly stunted his development as a professional player.

Brett Brown and company cannot do the same with MCW. He is young and inexperienced and will certainly make mistakes, but you have to let him play through it. Sam Hinkie is building something here that he expects to have sustainability. So he needs to find out if he has his point guard in MCW by letting him take charge from day one. It doesn’t matter is he’s ready or not; he should get every opportunity to prove himself instead of sitting behind somebody like Tony Wroten or any other guard they might bring in.

It should be the MCW show in Philly starting September 28 when training camp opens, so hopefully he is ready for it.

Zach Slotter is a contributor for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @zslot6, Like his Facebook page and add him on Google


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