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Report: Michael Carter-Williams to be named Rookie of the Year

May 3, 2014, 6:29 PM EDT

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Michael Carter-Williams is an overwhelming favorite to take home Rookie of the Year honors this season, and according to one report, it’s a decision that has already been made, and will be announced next week.

From Eliot Shorr-Parks of NJ.com:

Michael Carter-Williams, the Sixers rookie point guard, will be named the NBA Rookie of the Year, a league source with knowledge of the voting has confirmed to NJ.com.

The award is expected to be announced next week.

In what is widely considered to be a down rookie class in terms of immediately impactful individual contributions, Carter-Williams is likely to win in a landslide once the official voting is announced.

The Sixers rookie averaged 16.7 points, 6.2 rebounds, 6.3 assists and 1.9 steals in 34.5 minutes per contest, while starting in all 70 of his appearances.

On our unofficial ballots, Carter-Williams was first on all three, followed by Victor Oladipo, Trey Burke, and Mason Plumlee.

  1. ProBasketballPundit - May 3, 2014 at 7:46 PM

    He came out strong with that killer game against Miami, but then Philly traded away all their NBA players and replaced them with D-League players. I hope MCW didn’t learn any bad habits during that losing streak.

    • calkinsrob - May 5, 2014 at 11:35 AM

      Yea I remember reading about this on grantland. Sixers are in a great spot from tanking this year, but I hope it didnt hurt MCW’s game/potential.

  2. supremekingz - May 3, 2014 at 7:50 PM

    Don’t laugh but I saw him play a pretty much lockdown game against D Rose this year before he got hurt again.

    • casualcommenter - May 3, 2014 at 9:22 PM

      Derrick Rose vs. 76’ers: 29% FG, 33% 3PT, 13 pts, 4 rbs, 6 asts
      Rose overall (10 games): 35% FG, 34% 3PT, 16 pts, 3 rbs, 4 asts

      Rose was rusty and not very good against anyone this year.

      • casualcommenter - May 3, 2014 at 9:25 PM

        To be clear, I like MCW, and I’m happy he won ROY. His numbers were respectable and would have been a lot better if his GM wasn’t intentionally tanking this season.

        I’m just saying, “Locking down Derrick Rose” in 2013 isn’t nearly as impressive as “Locking Down Derrick Rose” was in 2010. Rose looked rusty against pretty much everyone, and he played the 76’ers in only the third game of the regular season.

  3. ranfan12 - May 3, 2014 at 8:07 PM

    forgot all about him with the tankjob this season. can’t wait to see some offseason improvement

  4. themagicfanguy - May 3, 2014 at 8:33 PM

    Overrated. Anyone can score when they do nothing but jack up shots at a low percentage all night.

    • casualcommenter - May 3, 2014 at 9:37 PM

      Oladipo FG percentage: 41.9
      MCW FG percentage: 40.5

      Both rookies were inefficient, but Oladipo had better teammates, especially after the 76’ers mid-season firesale of Hawes and Turner, and that should have made it easier for him to be efficient with defenses more interested in stopping Arron Afflalo and Tobias Harris on the perimeter.

      So if MCW was just “jacking up shots at a low percentage all night” with a 40.5% FG percentage, then Oladipo was either roughly as bad of a shot-chucker or worse once you factor in the difference in teammate quality.

      • 00maltliquor - May 4, 2014 at 11:54 AM

        Casualcommenter’s on fire! *NBA Jam voice*

    • bougin89 - May 5, 2014 at 10:23 AM

      Except your boy Oladipo was a really inefficient scorer…and we’ve already been through this.

  5. xli2006 - May 3, 2014 at 8:44 PM

    Should be adjusted for the fact he played for the 76ers. Solid rookie year, but when you play on a team with little talent aside from himself what do you expect him to do?

    #OladipoROY

  6. sparty0n - May 3, 2014 at 8:45 PM

    Why is he getting this award? Dude just put up more shots than everyone else. He’s not worthy of ROY.

    • ranfan12 - May 4, 2014 at 2:30 AM

      oladipo is only 1% ahead of him in fg%

      • sparty0n - May 4, 2014 at 1:51 PM

        Agreed! He shouldn’t get it either

  7. phillysports1 - May 3, 2014 at 9:04 PM

    Haha Are you guys mad because he put up better numbers than Oladipo ? Or are you guys mad because V.O was drafted 2nd overall and is expected to win ROY ? Or is it because you guys passed up on MCW and somehow he wins ROY despite being selected 11th overall ?

    #MCWROY2014 !

    • kinggw - May 3, 2014 at 10:57 PM

      Go ahead and celebrate that ROY award, Sixers fans won’t have anything to celebrate about for a while.

      MCW may have won the award, but Oladipo is arguably already a better player. He’s a year younger and has more upside. MCW was favored to win the award from the start based on the fact that he was one of the more seasoned players coming out of last year’s draft and would have the most playing time, but feel free to spin it anyway you want.

      • thesportsguru7 - May 4, 2014 at 11:27 AM

        You’re right…they wont have multiple lottery picks, and salary cap space to sign a max free agent or anything.

  8. themagicfanguy - May 3, 2014 at 9:38 PM

    ‘Dipo played better in pretty much every facet of the game.

    • xxakshunxx - May 4, 2014 at 4:14 AM

      please reply a couple more times in this thread about how you think your biased opinion on a player from your favorite team should have won instead

    • ematusko - May 4, 2014 at 3:25 PM

      Your un imaginative homer name gives you less than zero credibility.

    • bougin89 - May 5, 2014 at 10:24 AM

      Except he didn’t.

  9. phillysports1 - May 3, 2014 at 11:22 PM

    “Sixers fans won’t have anything to celebrate about for a while.”

    Dude, our future is looking much greater than Orlando’s. Not even close ! There’s really nothing to get excited for YEARS to come over there in Orlando.

  10. unfly - May 4, 2014 at 5:52 AM

    Truly the tallest of midgets.

    • jcmeyer10 - May 4, 2014 at 12:45 PM

      Haha my vote is for Olynyk.

  11. bigwii - May 4, 2014 at 6:32 AM

    It’s hilarious watching fans of my head franchises argue. MCW was definitely the better all around player, and with D-League talent around him. He put up some very good numbers even after they traded 2 of the teams better players.

  12. themagicfanguy - May 5, 2014 at 12:28 PM

    What was MCW’s 3pt percentage? How about comparing the fact that he had a higher usage rate on a team that played at a faster pace? Yeah, Dipo was better and anyone who actually knows basketball knows that.

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