Rookie of the Month Michael Carter-Williams’ 5 Best November Performances
Michael Carter-Williams' 5 Best October/November Performances
When Sam Hinkie took the general manager position with the Philadelphia 76ers he knew he had a long rebuilding process ahead of him. Part of it was hiring a new head coach and since Brett Brown has been here the team has been fast paced and exciting, despite lacking quality players.
When it came to adding players Hinkie decided to trade All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday to get an extra lottery pick and with his two picks he took Nerlens Noel and Michael Carter-Williams. Noel has yet to play and might not play at all this year, while recovering from a torn ACL, but many thought he could've been the top overall pick and Hinkie got him at No. 6. With the 11th pick the Sixers took Carter-Williams, a long athletic point guard, but one whose outside shooting was questioned coming out of college.
But the numbers for MCW have been phenomenal this season. He is averaging 17.7 points, 5.8 rebounds and 7.3 assists per game. He is getting the most playing time of any rookie in the league, but he is also putting up some very impressive numbers. Carter-Williams also leads the entire league in steals with 3.13 per game. Of course, there have been some growing pains as well; He is shooting only 41 percent from the floor and 32 percent from three to go along with 3.7 turnovers per game. Nonetheless, Carter-Williams has played like the top rookie in all of the league.
Even though he is out now with an infection in his knee that has caused him to miss the last six games--missed four earlier with a bruised foot--MCW was awarded with the Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month honors for the month of October/November. The numbers are great and Carter-Williams has been one of the lone bright spots for a struggling Sixers team. In an ode to MCW, here are the rookie's five best performances that helped him earn rookie of the month honors.
5. 11/27 vs. Orlando Magic
Carter-Williams scored 23 points on this night against the Orlando Magic. It was not the most efficient night as he took 21 shots, but it was still his third highest scoring output in the month of November.
4. 11/23 vs. Indiana Pacers
MCW poured in a career-high 29 points and added six rebounds and seven steals in a game against the Indiana Pacers playing without Thaddeus Young, Spencer Hawes and Tony Wroten. Thanks to Carter-Williams they were able to hang in and keep it a single digit game.
3. 11/2 vs. Chicago Bulls
Carter-Williams scored 26 points and added 10 assists in a win against the Chicago Bulls that improved the Sixers to 3-0 and he also did a great job of shutting down Derrick Rose. That was a mighty long time ago if you think about where the Sixers are now.
2. 11/9 vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
In a 127-125 double overtime marathon loss, Carter-Williams had 21 points, seven rebounds and 13 assists while playing 49 out of a possible 58 minutes. He had 10 points in the two overtimes combined and kept his team in it right through the end.
1. 10/30 vs. Miami Heat
The game of the year not just for Carter-Williams, but for the Sixers as well. A 114-110 defeat of the defending champion Miami Heat, courtesy of 22 points, seven rebounds, 12 assists and nine steals from Carter-Williams. This is one of the best debuts for a rookie you'll ever see and a night Sixers fans and MCW will never forget.