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76ers' Carter-Williams unanimous All-Rookie First Team selection

Michael Carter-Williams was unanimously named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team on Thursday.

76ers' Carter-Williams unanimous All-Rookie First Team selection

Sixers guard Michael Carter-Williams. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
Sixers guard Michael Carter-Williams. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

Michael Carter-Williams was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team on Thursday. 

The 76ers point guard, who was named rookie of the year last month, was the only unanimous first-team selection.  Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo, Utah Jazz point guard Trey Burke,  Brooklyn Nets post player Mason Plumlee and New York Knicks guardTim Hardaway Jr. join Carter-Williams on the first team.

The second-team selections are Boston Celtics post player Kelly Olynyk, Milwaukee Bucks forward  Giannis Antetokounmpo, Minnesota Timberwolves center Gorgui Dieng,  Charlotte Hornets power forward Cody Zeller and Oklahoma City Thunder center  Steven Adams

Carter-Williams received 125 first-team votes from a panel of 125 sportswriters and broadcasters from the United States and  Canada.

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Total votes = 1698

This season the 6-foot-6, 185-pounder was mentioned in the same breath as Hall of Famers Oscar Robertson and Magic Johnson.

Carter-Williams led all rookies in scoring (16.7 points), assists (6.3), rebounds (6.2), and steals (1.86). He, Robertson (1960-61), and Alvan Adams (1975-76) are the only players to lead all rookies in scoring, assists, and rebounds in a season, dating back to the 1950-51 season.

Carter-Williams also joined Robertson and Johnson (1979-80) as the only rookies to average at least 16.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 6.0 assists.

The 11th overall pick out of Syracuse was also named Eastern Conference rookie of the month four times. He's the first player in franchise history to win the award more than twice in a season.

Carter-Williams finished the season with 16 double-doubles and two triple-doubles.

One of his best performances came in a 113-108 victory over the Celtics on April 14. He finished with 21 points, a career-high 14 rebounds, 6 assists, and 4 steals to become the first rookie to reach those numbers in a single game since Bernard King in March 1978.

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Keith Pompey has been an Inquirer reporter since September 2004 and took over the Sixers beat in the summer of 2013 after covering Temple basketball and football for the previous three years.

Marc Narducci has served in a variety of roles with the Inquirer since beginning in 1983. He has covered the 76ers as a backup and a beat writer. In addition, Narducci has covered everything from the Super Bowl to the World Series and a lot in between.

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