After you help lead a team that was looking like it was plotting on tanking the season to wins over the two top teams in the East, you expect something. Today, rookie Michael Carter-Williams got it. The Sixers point guard was named NBA player of the week this week.
Carter-Williams became only the second player to be named NBA Player of the Week to begin his rookie season, winning the Eastern Conference award. The other was Shaquille O’Neal in 1992.
Carter-Williams averaged 20.7 points, 9 assists, 5 rebounds and 4.3 steals in the Sixers’ initial three wins, which included home victories over the defending champion Heat and the Bulls.
Carter-Williams’ career started with a flourish, as he had 22 points, 12 assists, nine steals and seven rebounds in a 114-110 victory over the Heat. The nine steals were the most by a rookie in his NBA debut and tied a Sixers record, while the 12 assists marked the second-most for a player in his first game (Ernie DiGregorio handed out 14 assists for the Buffalo Braces in 1973).
Carter-Williams, the 11th pick in June’s draft after two years at Syracuse, also scored 20 of his game-high 26 points, to go along with 10 assists, in a 107-104 Posted a double-double with 26 points and 10 assists in a 107-104 come-from-behind victory over Chicago.
“I think Michael Carter-Williams is for real,” said Sixers coach Brett Brown afterward.
Carter-Williams also contributed 14 points, five assists and three boards in Friday’s 109-102 win at Washington in which John Wall scored 16 points against him in the first quarter.
The Timberwolves’ Kevin Love was the Western Conference Player of the Week.
Watch some highlights of debut game below