Michael Carter-Williams put on quite a show at the Wells Fargo Center last night in front of a near-sold out crowd and with a ton of Philadelphia 76ers legends such as Julius Erving, Charles Barkley and the great Allen Iverson in the house.
Carter-Williams displayed all of his rare skills as a point guard. He set an NBA record with nine steals in his rookie debut. The man they call MCW seems to have an innate gift at getting into passing lanes and using his length to disrupt plays. Steals aside, he did a bit of everything in this one with his line reading 22 points, 12 assists and seven rebounds.
An incredible debut for the youngster and the best debut by a Sixer in a long long time; probably since Iverson was a rookie in 1996. It may be a bit early and presumptuous, but Carter-Williams certainly looks like the Rookie of the Year. Legend Magic Johnson even came out and said he thinks Carter-Williams will win the ROY crown.
From one point guard to another, that is the ultimate compliment. I am not sure fans or the organization saw Carter-Williams succeeding to this magnitude this early in his career. He looks like a star in the making and a draft pick that new GM Sam Hinkie hit on big time.
There is one problem. Will his play actually vault the Sixers into contention? It seems asinine to even think about, but if he keeps playing like this and the Sixers keep getting contributions from Evan Turner, Spencer Hawes, Tony Wroten and Thaddeus Young the way they have, it is certainly possible.
This year was supposed to be about rebuilding. “Tanking” the season, if you will, to get in on on the Andrew Wiggins sweepstakes and also have a chance for other elite talents like Jabari Parker and Julius Randle. Apparently, Carter-Williams has other plans.
Regardless, the Sixers may have found a star already in Carter-Williams. The Sixers future seems bright with this young fella running the point for the foreseeable future.