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First-round pick Carter-Williams intends to start for Sixers

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.

First-round pick Carter-Williams intends to start for Sixers

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."

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The Massachusetts native averaged 11.8 points, 7.3 assists, and 4.9 rebounds this past season. Carter-Williams set a Syracuse school record for steals with 111.

“People [in Philly] need to know every time I step on the floor, I’m going to give it 110 percent,” he said. “I’m going to lead my team to do the best that we can, and I play with a lot of passion in the game. I’m just going to give it my all every time I’m out there.”

Contact Keith Pompey at kpompey@phillynews.com Follow on Twitter @PompeyOnSixers



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Keith Pompey is in his first season covering the Sixers for The Inquirer after covering the Temple men’s basketball team for the past three years and Temple football the past two seasons.

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.

Narducci also has a true passion for South Jersey scholastic sports, which he has covered for many years.

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