Michael Carter-Williams Wins Rookie-of-the-Year
In a season where there wasn't a whole bunch to cheer and get excited about, Sixers rookie Michael Carter-Williams stood out among his peers.
Carter-Williams has been named Rookie of the Year for 2013-14.
From his opening night, near quadruple-double performance against the Heat where he posted 22 points, 12 assists, seven rebounds and nine steals, to the final night in Miami - MCW was the leagues top rookie, with averages of 16.7 points, 6.2 rebounds, 6.3 assists and 1.9 steals.
"By opening night, it was clear to us that Michael belonged. This award marks a lifetime of hard work, from Hamilton to St. Andrew's, and Syracuse to the Sixers," said Sixers President of Basketball Operations & General Manager Sam Hinkie from an international scouting trip. "We congratulate him on this unique achievement and look forward to helping him put in the work necessary to garner even greater success in the future."
Per ESPN stats and info, Carter-Williams is one of three rookies in NBA history to average at least 16 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists per game.
The others? Magic Johnson and Oscar Robertson.
Despite some injuries and inconsistent play, Carter-Williams showcased himself and proved that he can be a building block for the Sixers to use moving forward. The next piece or two will be coming in the upcoming NBA draft.
The question will be what type of player is the right fit to play next to him?
Are Andrew Wiggins or Jabari Parker the right type of players?
Does he need to find a low-post player like Julius Randle to form a Stockton/Malone tandem?
If the Sixers are following the mold of needing to find three stars, they just might have found their first one in the rookie of the year; Michael Carter-Williams.