A western conference scout stated they have a preference for Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo over Philadelphia 76ers guard Michael Carter-Williams for NBA’s rookie of the year award, according to espn.com’s Marc Stein. Oladipo may have a bigger upside, but Carter-Williams is clearly the better player so far.
Both players are having very good starts for equally bad teams. Both became the first rookies this season to join the triple-double club in the same game. Carter-Williams is putting up better numbers across the board.
Stein only interviewed one scout, who said Oladipo plays better defense, he hasn’t been looking at the NBA’s stats sheet. Carter-Williams leads the league in steals as well as most categories. He averages 3.13 steals per game in less games than Oladipo who averages 1.68 per game.
He’s also averaging .06 less blocks than Oladipo, who’s two inches shorter than Carter-Williams.
Though it was one scout who thinks Oladipo is a better all-around player. The scout told espn, “It’s Oladipo for me in every aspect of guard play other than passing. If you insist on a straight point guard, then you want MCW. If you want the most explosive do-everything guard who plays better defense, it’s Oladipo.” Carter-Williams has been explosive and playing a better all-around game than Oladipo.
The scout went on to later say, “MCW is a little tougher to evaluate because he’s playing on a bad team with a lot of freedom to do whatever he wants and still stay on the floor.” If he saw both teams’ records he would realize the Sixers are 7-13 and the Magic are 6-13.
Both teams have split the series 1-1 so far with Carter-Williams coming out on top in the last game. Carter-Williams slightly bested Oladipo in that game. He had 27 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists and three steals while Oladipo managed 26 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists and three steals.
In the first match-up between both teams, Oladipo posted slightly better stats. Carter-Williams scored 23 points, four steals, four rebounds and three steals. Oladipo had 18 points, five steals, five assists and four rebounds.
Carter-Williams averages 17.7 points, 7.3 assists, 5.8 rebounds and 3.1 steals compared to Oladipo’s 14.1 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.7 steals per game. The stats are enough proof to warrant Carter-Williams rookie of the year if it was the end of the season.