What a way to begin your NBA career!
The 22-year-old rookie point guard showed no signs of first game jitters against the two-time defending NBA champions. Michael Carter-Williams debut performance against the Miami Heat was incredible; and his following performances in the opening week is why MCW is the beast of the week.
The former Syracuse guard scored 22 points against the Heat; the most by a Sixer since Allen Iverson’s debut in 1996 where he scored 30 points. Carter-Williams led the Sixers to defeat LeBron James and company by recording 12 assists, nine steals and seven rebounds in the 114-110 victory in Philadelphia.
Carter-Williams’ nine steals tied the franchise record and was the most by any player in an NBA debut.
The 11th overall pick by the 76ers in the 2013 NBA draft continued his incredible debut performance by contributing 14 points, five assists and three rebounds in the Sixers 109-102 victory against Washington. The following night, MCW scored 26 points and recorded 10 assists in a nail-biting comeback win against the Chicago Bulls.
In his first week in the NBA, the new 76ers young star was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week. The only other rookie to receive the player of the week award was Shaquille O’Neal in his 1992 Orlando Magic debut week.
MCW has scored 62 points through his first three games, which is the highest total by a Sixer since Iverson’s 69 points in his 1996-97 rookie year. Carter-Williams is averaging 21 points, nine assists, and four rebounds and has helped Philadelphia win their first three games since the 2006-07 season.
Sixers fans have a new star, and with rookie center Nerlens Noel hopefully making his debut later this season, the 76ers could be a dangerous team in the future for the Eastern Conference. With Carter-Williams running the point, Evan Turner is getting better looks at shooting guard and center Spencer Hawes in the paint. Hopefully this time for Sixers fans, Carter-Williams is the man who will achieve what A.I. couldn’t: bring home the Larry O’Brien NBA Championship Trophy.