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Michael Carter-Williams returns to Sixers lineup Friday against Nets

Dec 20, 2013, 12:51 PM EDT

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This could be fun: Deron Williams vs. Michael Carter-Williams.

Looks like we will get to see it because Michael Carter-Williams is set to return to the Sixers lineup Friday night after missing seven straight games with a knee infection.

Officially he is a game time decision — because teams like to keep their options open — but he is expected to play, reports Dei Lynam of CSNPhilly.com. She spoke to MCW after his last practice and he sounded ready to go.

“I have had two good practices,” Carter-Williams said. “I felt good. I was shooting after, so I am ready to go.”

Carter-Williams is pretty much the only reason to watch the 76ers right now, the real beacon of hope for the future on this team. He has averaged 17.7 points and 7.3 assists per game, plus has played good defense at the point for Philly. He’s not an efficient scorer yet (he needs a better three ball, for example) but you can see the makings of a very good point guard in him. The Sixers need him back.

The Nets have won four of their last six and with the return of Deron Williams they have started to look like a better, more dangerous team (not what some predicted preseason, but better). Their backcourt of D-Will and Joe Johnson is a harsh “welcome back” for Carter-Williams to face.

But at least we will get to see him take it on. Hopefully he can stay healthy and on the court for a long while.

  1. pbtunpaidwriter - Dec 20, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    He’s a mix of Rubio and Kidd.

    This kid’s the real deal.

    • tcclark - Dec 20, 2013 at 5:00 PM

      He’s not really like any other point guard I’ve seen in a while. At 6’6 and his skill set, you look more toward small forwards for comparisons than point guards, but he really is a true point guard. As the team starts to put more talented players around him and as he gains some strength, he can put up some crazy numbers. A 20-10-6 stash line is not out of the question for this kid in the future. Add that to 2-3 steals per game and you’re looking at a fantasy basketball god.

      If the Sixers can get one of the top two picks and maybe another around 7-8 from New Orleans this team could be scary goof in the next couple of years. A team that already has guys like MCW and Nerlens Noel is scary, but once you add a Parker/Wiggins and an Aaron Gordon or a Noah Vonleh to the mix, you’re looking at 4 potential superstars in the NBA on one team. If Sam Hinkie is able to put a roster like that together by the end of the draft, there’s no way he shouldn’t be executive of the year.

      • biasedhomer - Dec 20, 2013 at 6:03 PM

        While I doubt he will ever become an elite scoring PG (which seems to be where the PG position is going nowadays) like a Lillard, Curry, or Westbrook, I think he can eventually be one of the best pure PGs in the league, a guy who can QB the offense.

      • muhangis - Dec 21, 2013 at 5:17 AM

        don’t forget adding the superb young talent Tony Wroten to the mix.

        Annoys me that ppl forget to acknowledge anything but high draft pick talent.

  2. brianscalabrine - Dec 20, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    Reggie Jackson looks like he is employing the new “Tickle the Armpits” defense. I wonder if MCW made the shot.

    • theromeo2k - Dec 20, 2013 at 5:29 PM

      I doubt he made the shot. He looked like he was gonna explode laughing.

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