Michael Carter-Williams has been out with a knee infection. The Philadelphia 76ers aren’t sure when he’ll be back. They’ll need him back shortly.
The Sixers have been getting worse without Carter-Williams. Their current four-game losing began after Carter-Williams got injured.
The Sixers ball rotation has been flat and they’re back-court is getting exposed on both ends. They’ll need depth at point guard. Without Carter-Williams the Sixers have only one option with Lorenzo Brown.
Brown is posting decent stats; however, he’s coming off the bench as shooting guard Tony Wroten’s back-up. Wroten is a pure scorer, unlike Brown who is a playmaker and better suited to run the offense.
Scoring increased but assists and steals have taken a hit without Carter-Williams. On Wednesday night there was a 106-99 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves. Wroten scored 20 points, dished four assists and got one steal and Brown scored four points and had six assists.
The Sixers miss Carter-Williams’ 17.7 points, 7.3 assists, 5.8 rebounds and 3.1 steals per game. They also lack the energy Carter-Williams brings on the court.
An already bad Sixers defense is taking a bigger step backwards without Carter-Williams. They allowed Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio to flourish. Rubio averages 9.2 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.91 steals per game. He easily surpassed those numbers scoring 21 points, five rebounds and three steals against the Sixers.
Carter-Williams may return soon after being hospitalized from the infection, but the Sixers will slowly work him into the rotation. They’re currently near the bottom at 7-16, but may change once Carter-Williams comes back to the lineup.