By Cody Daniel @CodyDanielRS on April 18, 2014
Not many people can honestly say they thought Sixers' Michael Carter-Williams would have played out to be this good this quickly. He wasn’t even the top point guard prospect in the draft, falling behind Trey Burke who was taken two spots ahead of MCW. But there’s a reason the game isn’t played on paper and Carter-Williams showed us in his first opportunity how dominant he can be. That said, here are five reasons why MCW should be crowned ROY.
Michael Carter-Williams set the bar nearly out of reach right out of the gates in his first NBA game against the defending champion Miami Heat. MCW finished only three rebounds and a steal short of a quadruple-double in his debut with 22 points, 12 assists, nine steals and seven rebounds in a 114-100 win over the Heat.
Michael Carter-Williams concluded his impressive rookie campaign averaging 16.7 ppg, 6.3 apg, 6.2 rpg and 1.9 spg. With these numbers, he leads all rookies in each respective category. It would be hard to give the Rookie of the Year to anybody else considering his stats.
There are too many examples to list all of them, but Carter-Williams' stats were constantly being compared to that of the greats. For example, MCW’s rookie leading averages in points, rebounds, assists and steals make him the first to accomplish this since Alvan Adams in 1975-76 and Oscar Robertson in 1960-61. Not bad company for the Sixers point guard.
Twenty-three different players saw action for the lowly 76ers this season and most of which are subpar NBA talents to be honest. This circus of one 10-day contract player to another that surrounded Carter-Williams likely threw a huge wrench in his overall ability as a point guard and as a leader. With a better supporting cast, he would have excelled even farther.
In the minds of most people with basketball knowledge, Earvin “Magic" Johnson is the greatest point guard in NBA history. After MCW’s historic debut, Magic Tweeted “I just got done watching the guy I think will be the Rookie of The Year, Michael Carter-Williams of the 76ers.” If the most prolific point guard in history said it, I’ll agree with it.
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