NBA Draft 2013: Michael Carter-Williams excited to join 76ers
The 76ers drafted Michael Carter-Williams with the 11th-overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. Here's a look at what he had to say during his first meeting with the media after being drafted by the Sixers:
Michael Carter-Williams: “I’m just real, real happy. Couldn’t have gone any better. I’m just so blessed and thankful. My friends and family are happy also. It’s just a dream come true really.
What are the things in your game you feel you have to work on so you’re completely prepared to lead the Sixers?
Michael Carter-Williams: “I think that I’ve been working on my game overall a lot, and I’ve been working on my shooting. I’ve been trying to get back in the groove of just doing defensive slides and different man-to-man drills, so I’m ready. I think I’m a quick learner and I’ll adapt to the NBA fast."
The Sixers are a team that’s in great transition, I wondered how much you know about the direction the team intends to take it and where you fit into the Sixers plans right now?
Michael Carter-Williams: “I look at the bright side. They don’t have a coach. As soon as they get a new coach he’s going to come in and want to get started on a positive note. He’s going to establish the way he wants to coach a team and the way he wants us to play. So I think it couldn’t get any better. I can learn from it right away and learn the right way from the beginning.
How do you feel about the pressure of replacing an all-star point guard?
Michael Carter-Williams: “I haven’t thought too deeply about it, I’m just happy right now. But I realize it. I have a lot of confidence in myself and Philadelphia has a lot of confidence in me. I’m going to go there and play my best. I’m just going to go out there and perform every night like I can."
Are you excited about the opportunity to play with [Nerlens] Noel?
Michael Carter-Williams: I’m really excited. Me and Nerlens grew up together; we’re best friends. We played on the same AAU team in high school. It’s like a dream come true. We always talked about how we were both going to make it to the NBA. For us to end up on the same team is a blessing."
How many years did you play with [Nerlens] Noel? He went sixth, I’m sure you thought he was going higher.
Michael Carter-Williams: I played two or three years with Nerlens. I was surprised he went sixth, but it’s how things ended up. It was meant to be. I’m sure he has a chip on his shoulder now, and who knows, maybe that’s what he needed to be great in the NBA. Maybe it pushes him to work harder; that’s what it should do for him.”
Would you like to play the point guard position or the two guard, or some sort of a combo?
Michael Carter-Williams: “I think, offensively, I have a point guard mindset. I’ve come from the point guard position. I think on the defensive end, since I’m a bigger guard, I’m going to be able to defend two or three positions. So either way, basketball is basketball, but I think that I’m a point guard at heart.”
How will you deal with the pressure of going to a city with such a passionate fanbase like Philadelphia?
Michael Carter-Williams: “There is some pressure there no doubt about it, but I’m just going to use it as motivation and just work hard every day to try to get better and better. I’ve been dealing with a lot of pressure coming from Syracuse and having the ball in my hands my sophomore year after a bunch of guys left, and it was my job to lead the team. It’s not the exact situation, but it’s similar, so I’m just going to do my best.”