Point guard Michael Carter-Williams was certainly not a part of the best NBA basketball team this season, but he did put up the best numbers out of all of the rookies.
That is why Jim Boeheim’s former guard will be taking home the rookie of the year award. The point guard’s numbers speak for themselves, but I do have a bit of a problem with rewarding a team for losing so many games.
Carter-Williams became only the third rookie since 1950-51 to lead all rookies in scoring, rebounding and assists. That is quite impressive, and the only thing better would have been to do it on a playoff team instead of one gunning for the top pick in the draft. He received 104 of a possible 124 first-place votes from a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters, and Victor Oladipo finished second in the voting. Oladipo probably would have been my pick just for the record.
Next season, the Philadelphia 76ers are probably going to be pretty rough, and it would not surprise me to see them miss the playoffs again. They will have quite a nice draft pick though; they could be adding a player like Andrew Wiggins or Jabari Parker, and that would certainly position them quite well to contend in the later future.
Just to caution Sixer fans, I have my questions about whether Carter-Williams can be one of the best four to five players on a championship team. Here is hoping that is what the 76ers believe, because that should be the ultimate goal behind all of this losing.