Ok, I thought this posted, I’ve had some issues with the mobile app. Welcome back to “Who’s This Guy?” a look at the 2013-14 Sixers Roster. Yesterday we introduced you to Arsalan Kazemi. Today we meet the rookie Michael Carter-Williams, one of the team’s building blocks.
Name: Michael Carter-Williams
2013-14 Salary: $1.83 Million
2012-13 Stats (Syracuse): 35.2 MPG, 11.9 PPG, 7.3 APG, 2.8 STL
How Acquired: Selected by the Sixers in the 1st Round (11th Overall) of the 2013 NBA Draft.
Pros: Carter-Williams is a tall point guard with long arms and great athleticism. He passes well and has very good court-vision, as evidenced by his high APG while at Syracuse. He plays aggressively and is not afraid to take the ball to the rack. He’s the type who dives on the floor to win those pesky “50/50” balls. He is a strong defensive player as well, and at 6’6 will be able to guard two positions. He was a former AAU teammate of Nerlens Noel, and has a chemistry with him that will be important as the two develop together as professional players.
Cons: He is still raw and is prone to leaving his feet at times before deciding what to do with the ball, which leads to turnovers. He’s skinny and will often go up against stronger, more season guards who will try to exploit his lack of strength. He does lack an outside shooting touch, which the team also lacks, so he will need to work on that in order to be effective in the NBA.
Carter-Williams was a really smart pick by the team. After shipping out Jrue Holiday on Draft Night, they immediately replaced him. He’ll fit in well in Philadelphia because of his aggressive style and could fit in nicely as the floor general on a young team.
Tomorrow: Spencer Hawes