Philadelphia 76ers rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams started off the 2013-14 NBA season on a torrid pace. Right out of the gate, the 6’6” 22-year-old put up 22 points, 12 assists, seven rebounds and nine steals in just his first game of his NBA career and, before an injury in mid-November, was one of the biggest surprises of the rookie class.
Carter-Williams came back in late November, but missed more time in December. When on the floor in December, though, MCW played really well. Overall in his first 19 games with the Sixers, the rookie averaged 17.8 points, 7.5 assists, 5.5 rebounds and 3.1 steals per game while shooting 41.4 percent from the floor and 30.8 percent from three.
The big point guard has struggled quite a bit in January, though, despite playing every game this month. On Wednesday as Philadelphia topped the Boston Celtics thanks to an Evan Turner game-winner, Carter-Williams finished with just 10 points, seven assists, five rebounds and one steal while shooting only 4-14 from the floor, missing both of his three-point attempts, hitting just two of his five free throw attempts and turning the ball over three times.
In 16 games this month, Carter-Williams has averaged just 16.5 points, 5.7 assists, 5.7 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game while hitting only 38.6 percent of his shots, only 26.8 percent of his threes and 69.4 percent of his free throws. He’s been struggling as the 76ers have continued regressing.
Carter-Williams is still strongly in the running for the NBA’s Rookie of the Year award, but he’s definitely hit a wall in his rookie season. MCW has talent on both sides of the ball that should result in a long, productive career, but it’s pretty clear at this point that the All-Star break will be a nice respite for the rookie and his team to try and gather themselves and get back to at least a little more success in the second part of the year.