Sixers Lose, But Carter-Williams Makes History

Rookie is first since Shaq to start career with “player of the week” honors in the NBA.

Sixers rookie Michael Carter-Williams has made history, winning “player of the week” honors in the Eastern Conference his first week in the league. NBA.com reports: “Carter-Williams is only the second player (Shaquille O’Neal, 1992) to earn the honor to begin his rookie season. The 11th overall selection in the 2013 NBA Draft, Carter-Williams helped guide the Sixers to a 3-0 start, which included wins over the defending champion Miami Heat and the Chicago Bulls. In his first three NBA games, Carter-Williams averaged 20.7 points and team highs of 9.0 assists and 4.3 steals. In his NBA debut on Oct. 30, a 114-110 home win over the Heat, Carter-Williams recorded 22 points, 12 assists, nine steals and seven rebounds. The nine steals were the most by a rookie in his NBA debut, while the 12 assists represented the second most for a player in his first NBA game.”

Alas, the Sixers dropped their first game of the season Monday night, to old friend(?) Andre Iguodala, who scored 32 points in leading Golden State to a 110-90 win. The magic of the 3-0 start is over, but this team has proven to have a lot more heart—and a lot more entertainment—than the preseason talk of tanking suggested.