Michael Carter-Williams has received heavy minutes but what the 76ers rookie point guard has certainly made the most of the extended playing time.
Carter-Williams is 18th in the NBA in minutes played, averaging 36.2 per game. That leads all rookies by a wide margin. Orlando’s Victor Oladipo is second averaging 27.5 minutes.
The key is that Carter-Williams has certainly justified the extended playing time.
“(Getting minutes) is a big part of it but when you are out there you have to perform,” Carter-Williams said.
And he has certainly done that. Carter-Williams is one of two rookies scoring in double figures, heading into Tuesday’s action.
He is averaging 17.3 points. Oladipo is averaging 12.3 points.
MCW is also second in the NBA in steals with an average of 3.0 per game. He is averaging 7.4 assists, which is tied for eighth in the NBA. In an ironic note, the player just behind MCW in assists is the one he replaced, New Orleans point guard Jrue Holiday, who has averaged 7.3 per game.
The Sixers have played 15 games and MCW missed four due to injury, so he is learning how to navigate through the rigors of an NBA season.
“The key is going out and performing every day whether it is in practice or the game,” he said.
So far that has been the case as Carter-Williams has surely been among the most pleasant early-season surprises in the NBA.