Michael Carter-Williams did it again. The rookie torched a defensive-minded Chicago Bulls squad in the form of 26 points and 10 assists as the Philadelphia 76ers pulled off the huge upset. This kid is simply playing out of his mind right now.
What can’t MCW do? He displayed it all again. He got into the passing lane with 3 steals, he got a couple of crucial offensive rebounds that he turned into buckets, and he found his teammates once again finishing with 10 dimes on the night.
Truth be told, he totally and completely outplayed former MVP Derrick Rose. With his advantage in size, he did whatever he wanted against the smaller Rose. The story of Carter-Williams has shaken the basketball world. It has certainly been the surprise story of the season as has the fact that the Sixers are astoundingly 3-0. So much for that whole tanking thing.
Carter-Williams is getting guys to play at a higher level than ever before. Guys like Evan Turner, Spencer Hawes, and Thaddeus Young are putting up career numbers and a large part of it is due to Carter-Williams’ brilliance.
I’m calling it right now. This player is the rookie of the year. In a relatively weak draft class with not many early contributors, Carter-Williams has exploded onto the scene for the Sixers. As crazy as this sounds, he has actually been a huge upgrade at the point compared to former All Star and Sixers point guard, Jrue Holiday.
Props also has to go to new Sixers head coach Brett Brown. He is getting the very most out of the talent given to him. The man simply knows how to coach basketball. He is an early candidate for coach of the year and if he keeps this Sixers bunch playing like this, he is a lock for that award.
If Carter-Williams and his teammates keep giving this type of effort and performance every night, who knows how far this ragtag group of players might go?