The 76ers selected Michael Carter-Williams, a guard from Syracuse, with the 11th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. Here's everything you need to know about the newest Sixer:
Position: Point guard
Birthdate: June 12, 1991
Stats: 11.9 ppg | 5.1 rpg | 7.3 apg | 3.4 tpg | 2.8 spg | 35.2 mpg | .393 FG | .292 3PT | .694 FT
Awards: Set a school record for steals at Syracuse, and earned the NCAA Tournament East Regional MOP award.
Michael Carter-Williams, hailing from Hamilton, Massachusetts, played two seasons under Jim Boehim at Syracuse University, where he helped lead the school to its first Final Four since the days of Carmelo Anthony last season.
Carter-Williams did not start a single game his rookie reason, playing behind the likes of Dion Waiters. He averaged only 2 points and 2 assists per game in ten minutes of action on average.
When the Syracuse backcourt cleared up last season, Carter-Williams was ready, starting in all 39 of the team’s games, and piling up impressive numbers; 12 points, 4.9 rebounds, 7.4 assists, and 2.8 steals per contest. He became noted for his terrific vision and ability at the point guard position. At 6’6’’, Carter-Williams has excellent size for the position, and has the ability to see over other point guards. He is a multi-tool talent, as he is a solid rebounder and adept at getting steals.
His jump shot needs some serious work to reach a level of consistency, but all of the other aspects of his offensive game are polished; he is an excellent rebounder from the point guard position, and has court vision that has been compared to Rajon Rondo.
He has the ability to defend multiple positions as well, which would allow the Sixers to play a smaller two-guard for certain sets.
At only 21, Carter-Williams still has plenty of room to grow his game, and one has to imagine that he will inherit the starting point guard position with Holiday out of the picture.
“I’m just real, real happy. It couldn’t have gone any better,” he stated.
Carter-Williams level of enthusiasm increased when he found out that he would be playing alongside his longtime friend in Nerlens Noel.
Noel, who slipped all the way to 6th overall after being thought of by most mock drafts as the number one overall prospect and the Sixers then secured via trade, played a couple years of AAU ball with Carter-Williams.
Together, the two form the future foundation of the franchise.