NBA All-Star weekend has come and it usually marks the mid-season for the league. Rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams has made his mark so far despite hitting a wall recently. He’s arguably the favorite to win this season’s rookie of the year award.
Carter-Williams leads all rookies in practically every major statistical category. No other Philadelphia 76ers rookie since Allen Iverson has been this impressive. The scary part is that Carter-Williams is playing like a veteran this early in his career.
Victor Oladipo and Trey Burke are the closest competitors to Carter-Williams in the rookie of the year race, but neither players haven’t posted numbers quite as well as Carter-Williams.
Carter-Williams leads rookies in scoring, rebounding, assists, steals and double-doubles. He averages 17.1 points, 6.5 assists, 5.4 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game. His rebounding and steals have been the most impressive among rookies this season. A point guard who averages more rebounds than rookie big men deserves the award.
Though Oladipo and Burke are on teams with similar records as the Sixers, Carter-Williams has become the main option and team’s leader. He’s also well-rounded with the numbers he posts on both ends of the floor. He demonstrated his all around talent at the Rising Stars Challenge by scoring 17 points and dishing a game high nine assists Friday night.
In Wednesday night’s 100-105 loss to the Utah Jazz, Carter-Williams showed why he deserves the award. He was nearly unstoppable with 19 points, eight assists, five rebounds and three blocks.
At this point, Carter-Williams is a lock for the award. No other rookie is averaging the numbers he posts.
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