Philadelphia 76ers' Michael Carter-Williams Is Posting Hall-of-Fame Numbers

By Alan Gung
Michael Carter-Williams
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Rookie Michael Carter-Williams is on his way to greatness early in his career. He became the first rookie to notch a triple-double this season. Carter-Williams is among the league leaders in a few categories as well as being recently named Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month.

The Philadelphia 76ers starting point guard has become one of the biggest steals in NBA Draft history. Carter-Williams leads the NBA in steals averaging 3.13 per game and is in the top 10 in assists with 7.3 per game. He also leads all rookies in most categories.

He’s an early Rookie of the Year candidate too. Not many rookie point guards in league history have posted impressive stats like Carter-Williams. Carter-Williams is playing like a superstar. He’s averaging 17.7 points and 5.8 rebounds per game on top of the assists and steals mentioned above while 32 percent from three-point range.

To put his stats into perspective, he’s on par with Hall-of-Famer point guard Magic Johnson averaged 18 points, 7.3 assists and 2.4 steals while shooting 22.6 percent from the three-point range his rookie season. Former Sixer Allen Iverson averaged 23.5 points, 7.5 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game while shooting 34.1 percent behind the arc.

If Carter-Williams was a forward, his all-around stats would be considered decent. But for a point guard, it’s something unprecedented. He’s playing great on both ends of the floor. Carter-Williams may not be the best player in this draft with teammate Nerlens Noel out for the season,  but he’s definitely the best point guard and one of the best that the league has seen in a decade.

As long as he keeps putting big numbers like he’s doing and staying healthy most of the time he may join former Sixer point guard Hal Greer in the Hall of Fame.

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