If Michael Carter-Williams has his way, learning from the bench won’t be an option. The 76ers’ first-round draft pick expects to begin the regular season as the starting point guard.
“I’m going to come in and work to be a Day 1 starter and establish myself from the beginning,” he said Friday at the Sixers’ post-draft news conference at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Carter-Williams, who left Syracuse after his sophomore season, went 11th overall in Thursday’s NBA draft at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The Sixers like the 6-foot-6, 185-pounder’s size, athleticism, and passing instincts.
He is “a guy who sees the floor and can get any where he wants to be on the floor,” Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie said. “This is a player that in time, we think, is a player that we can really grow on, and one we are obviously excited about."