The season opener has been somewhat of a surprise for the Philadelphia 76ers so far. Michael Carter-Williams is looking like a front-runner for rookie of the year after having a flawless first half for the Sixers. He could be top the NBA point guard within a few seasons and can be great support for the recently shut-down Nerlens Noel and potentially next summer’s top pick, Andrew Wiggins.
Carter-Williams and forward Thaddeus Young seem to gel when they’re on the floor and have done a good job on LeBron James. Both of them, along with Evan Turner, will be relied heavily upon by a talent-depleted team. While the Heat played a tough season opener against the Chicago Bulls and are worn out, the Sixers are looking like a veteran team who can take on the league’s best.
Carter-Williams had six steals and flirted with a triple-double in the first half along with no turnovers. They still need to keep their composure, particularly when games are close as they made some key mistakes early in the third quarter, allowing Miami to come back.
As long as the Sixers put in a full effort night in and night out, they have a chance to make the playoffs. Carter-Williams might be the lone bright spot as he looked comfortable against the Heat. He knocked down some 3-pointers like a veteran. The Sixers might have drafted the best player in Noel, but they ultimately got the steal of the draft in Carter-Williams.