It was no secret entering the season that the Sixers were going to struggle. They traded away their young All-Star point guard for a guy who was likely not going to play in 2013-14. They had a roster full of rookies and unknowns. And, in the process, they began to stockpile picks for what was considered a deep 2014 draft.
One player who has risen to the occasion has been point guard Michael Carter-Williams. The 11th overall pick in June's draft leads all rookies in scoring (16.7 PPG), assists (6.3 APG), rebounds (6.1 RPG) and steals (1.9 SPG). The only other rookies to lead all rookies in scoring, assists and rebounds in the last 50 years have been Oscar Robertson and Alvan Adams.
Despite his overall success, it has been an up and down season for Carter-Williams too as he battled stretches of poor shooting through the Sixers' 26-game losing streak. But he has bounced back in a big way as he has taken control of games for the Sixers.
Carter-Williams put up 19 points on the Raptors on Wednesday night while grabbing nine rebounds and dishing out eight assists. Simply put: Carter-Williams is a triple-double threat every time he steps on the court.
Teammates are beginning to notice his improvements as a leader and a point guard at the NBA level as well. Thaddeus Young, seemingly the only remaining veteran on the Sixers, told CSN Philly following the game in Toronto, "he's been a true floor general."
That is some high praise from a guy who has played with the likes of Andre Miller, a floor general in every sense of the word, and Jrue Holiday. The development of Carter-Williams has been great so far this season and gives hope to a franchise looking to rebuild.
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