Michael Carter-Williams Has Room For Improvement

Michael Carter-Williams

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Rookie Michael Carter-Williams might be the current NBA Eastern Conference Player of the Week, but he didn’t show it against Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors last night.

Carter-Williams didn’t completely disappear, but got exploited by Curry. Carter-Williams scored 18 points, but only got four assists and turned the ball over six times while shooting an atrocious 4-for-17 from the field and 1-for-7 from behind the arc for the Philadelphia 76ers.

Curry kept beating Carter-Williams and also made some key plays to teammate Andre Iguodala. Curry made it difficult for Carter-Williams, who was in a shooting funk and had a career high in turnovers.

Carter-Williams will need to keep focused and learn to deal with double-teams as he is drawing them now after having an impressive start. He’ll also have to play better defense as he was held without a steal for the first time in his NBA career. He gave Curry too many open looks as he seemed fatigued. To his credit, the entire team was lackluster on defense.

The Warriors game was a good learning experience for Carter-Williams. The starting point guard is averaging 20 points, 7.8 assists, five rebounds and 3.3 steals throughout four games.

He became the 10th Sixer to ever win the POW award and second rookie in NBA history to receive such honors for the first week of a season, and the other was Shaquille O’Neal in 1992.

He has a chance to redeem himself when the Sixers host the Washington Wizards tomorrow, but his big tests will be within the next seven days. He’ll be guarding Kyrie Irving and the Cleveland Cavaliers, Tony Parker and the San Antonio Spurs and Jeremy Lin and the Houston Rockets.

Alan Gung is a Philadelphia 76ers writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @AlanGung, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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