The Sixers traded forward Thaddeus Young to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for the Miami Heat's 2015 first-round pick, Luc Mbah a Moute and Alexey Shved. Young is, by far, the longest tenured 76er and his loss would expect to leave a void in leadership with the young team.
That's what you'd expect but that's not how reigning Rookie of the Year Michael Carter-Williams sees things. Carter-Williams told Tom Moore of The Intelligencer, "I think regardless who is on the team, I have to be a leader out there, give direction to the new guys and really bring the team together." Carter-Williams also added Young was "very important" and "taught him a lot."
Teams look to their point guards to be floor generals and Carter-Williams is definitely a great candidate to become the Sixers new general.
The 22-year-old finished the year leading all rookies in scoring (16.7), assists (6.3), rebounds (6.2) and steals (1.9) en route to winning the NBA Rookie of the Year award. He is just the third player in the modern era to lead rookies in those categories joining Oscar Robertson and Alvan Adams. Carter-Williams is the first 76er to win the award since Allen Iverson in 1996-97.
Carter-Williams is the first player since Mark Jackson in 1988 to win the Rookie of the Year award despite being selected outside the top-10.
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