The Philadelphia 76ers are shocking the NBA as of recent. They are winning games, something they are not suppose to be doing this season. Projected to be one of the worst teams in NBA history, now have a 5-4 record as this article is being written. And the man beside this success is their Point Guard Michael Carter-Williams.
In his NBA debut game he had one of the best rookie debuts ever. He almost had a quadruple-double, and he beat the reigning MVP, Finals MVP, and best player in the league Lebron James’s Heat. He had 7 rebounds, 12 assists, 9 steals, 22 points, and shot 60% from the field. If that isn’t impressive, Lebron James’s stats for that game were 4 rebounds, 13 assists, 0 steals, 25 points, and shot 53% from the field. The Sixers won the game 114-110.
In his second start he faced John Wall’s Washington Wizards. MCW put up 14 points, 3 rebounds, and 5 assist in a Sixers win 109-102. But Carter-Williams had more to prove. By beating Derrick Rose’s Chicago Bulls in a comeback 107-104. He had 26 points, 3 steals, 10 assists, and 4 rebounds. But winning doesn’t always last. The Sixers then lost their next two games. One to The Golden State Warriors. Andre Iguodala was returning to face the team he has had the most success so far through-out his career with, and the outstanding three point shooters in Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. Curry had a triple-double with 18 points, 12 assist, and 10 rebounds.
Their next lost came to the Wizards in a blow-out rematch 116-102. Carter-Williams had a good game in the loss with 19 points, 7 assist, and 5 rebounds. The Wizard’s franchise player John Wall had a great game with 24 points, 9 assist, and 3 rebounds.
Carter-Williams had a below-average game in a win against the Cleveland Cavaliers with 11 points, 6 assist, and 9 rebounds. Evan Turner played well, and was the Sixers best player that game with 22 points 10 rebounds, and 5 assist. The Sixers won 94-79. But, in the rematch in Cleveland the Sixers lost in double overtime 127-125. Kyrie Irving had a game-winning lay up.
Carter-Williams then had his worst game so far against the Spurs. He only had 8 points, 4 assist, and 2 rebounds. The Spurs Tony Parker had 14 points, 9 assist, and 3 rebounds. Tim Duncan, one of the best players of all-time, did not play.
On Thursday June 27, 2013 the Sixers shocked the NBA world when they traded All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday, for the projected number one pick that went 6th, Nerlens Noel, and protected 1st round pick for the 2014 draft to the New Orleans Pelicans. (A protected pick means that the Pelicans can keep the pick if it is a top 5 pick in the 2014 draft.) I was in complete shock. Jrue Holiday is one of my favorite players, and all I thought was “Why Jrue? Why not Evan Turner?”
Sam Hinkie, the new General Manager of the Sixers, the genius that he is, shocked the Sixers nation with this trade. Before becoming the Sixers GM he spent eight years with the Houston Rockets. He became the Rockets Vice President of Basketball Operations. He was crucial in getting James Harden from the Thunder that made the Rockets a playoff contender since when they had Tracy McGrady and Yao Ming. But he saw the future, a future on how to win many championships by aligning a team of great young players, but this meant that the Sixers would have to endure many painful losing seasons. He then drafted with the 11th pick the point guard out of Syracuse known as Michael Carter-Williams, and he so far has ruined the tanking plan.
The Sixers want to tank this season because the bad taste the organization got when they traded for center Andrew Bynum. The Sixers traded many young, talented players to get an elite center when healthy. But the problem was that Bynum of never healthy. He did not play one game for the Sixers, and had one year leftbon his deal and did not resign with the Sixers. Bill Simmons of ESPN and Grantland projected the Sixers to be one of the worst teams in the league, and in NBA history. He also said Carter-Williams would not make a good NBA player. Well, so far they have a better record as his Boston Celtics.
Michael Carter-Williams was born on October 10, 2013 in Hamilton, Massachusetts. He went Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School his freshman year. Then transferred to the boarding school St. Andrew’s in Rhode Island. Three years he started he averaged 25.4 points a game, which is impressive. His senior year he averaged 23.2 points, 8.3 rebounds and 5.5 assists. Those are very impressive for a high school student.
Next, he committed to Syracuse University, where he majored in Communication and Rhetorical Studies in the College of Visual and Performing Arts. Syracuse has produced many great basketball players like Carmelo Anthony, Dave Bing, Dion Waiters, and Wesley Johnson. He played two years there and averaged 8.2 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 5.2 assist in 25.4 minutes a game. His first year on the team they made it to the Elite Eight in the NCAA March Madness Tournament. They lost to Ohio State. His second year there they lost to Michigan in the Final Four. If they would have won that game they would have went to play for the NCAA Division One Championship. He then left college and go into the NBA Draft.
Michael Carter-Williams has been impressing people as of late. But I don’t think the Sixers will have a great season. I think they will trade Evan Turner and Thad Young before the trade deadline, and cripple the team so they will get a top pick in the draft. The 2014 draft is stacked woth talents like Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, Julius Randle, Marcus Smart, Willie Cauley-Stein, Arron and Andrew Harrison, James Young, and Glen Robinson III. Some people are already calling him the 2013-14 Regular Season MVP due to his performance, but hey we still have 73 more games to play.