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Michael Carter-Williams wins Rookie of the Year as five players who receive first-place votes

May 5, 2014, 9:27 AM EDT

Michael Carter-Williams, Mason Plumlee Michael Carter-Williams, Mason Plumlee

We knew Michael Carter-Williams would win Rookie of the Year, but we didn’t know just quite how he’d do it.

Turns out, the 76ers guard prevailed over the widest field of first-place vote-getters since the NBA adopted its current voting format for the award.

Five players – Carter-Williams, Victor Oladipo, Trey Burke, Mason Plumlee and Tim Hardaway Jr. – received first-place votes, the most in a dozen years.

In 2002, Pau Gasol (117 votes) won over Richard Jefferson (three), Andrei Kirilenko (two), Jason Richardson (two) and Jamaal Tinsley (two).

Back then, voters chose only a winner on their ballots. Now, voters rank first-place (five points), second-place (three points) and third-place (one point).

Carter Williams averaged 16.7 points, 6.3 assists and 6.2 rebounds, leading rookies in all three categories (the last guy to do that was Oscar Robertson). However, he put up the numbers because on a bad team he was given the ball and asked to make plays without concern for efficiency. 

In the last few years, we’ve seen a few runaway winners. Damian Lillard won unanimously last year, and so did Blake Griffin in 2011. Between, Kyrie Irving took 117 of 120 first-place votes with nobody else receiving more than one.

But Carter-Williams faced more competition, though he still received 104 of 124 first-place votes.

Full voting (first-, second-, third-place votes, total points)

1. Michael Carter-Williams, Philadelphia (104-15-4-569)

2. Victor Oladipo, Orlando (16-89 -17-364)

3. Trey Burke, Utah (1-13-52-96)

4. Mason Plumlee, Brooklyn (2-5-33-58)

5. Tim Hardaway Jr., New York (1-2-12-23)

6. Gorgui Dieng, Minnesota (0-0-3-3)

7. Steven Adams, Oklahoma City (0-0-1-1)

7. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee (0-0-1-1)

7. Nick Calathes, Memphis (0-0-1-1)

  1. davidly - May 5, 2014 at 9:44 AM

    Haha! You “knew” two days ago, but none of you took him in your pre-season picks.

  2. succulentnipples - May 5, 2014 at 10:15 AM

    Sack of testicles.

  3. ranoversquarells - May 5, 2014 at 10:16 AM

    Tim Hardaway jr? What a joke

  4. phillyfan11 - May 5, 2014 at 10:33 AM

    That’s laughable that 5 players got first place votes. It should have been 2 at most in MCW and Oladipo.

  5. nflcrimerankingscom - May 5, 2014 at 11:00 AM

    Dellavedova

  6. JMClarkent - May 5, 2014 at 11:18 AM

    This was an ugly draft so far. It will be interesting to revisit in a few years, especially once Noel is added.

  7. phillysports1 - May 5, 2014 at 11:31 AM

    MCW !

  8. themagicfanguy - May 5, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    Can’t wait until a few seasons from now when MCW is still chucking up bricks at 39% and people realize how overrated he is.

    • willkill4caffeine - May 5, 2014 at 12:44 PM

      It’s ok to be jealous, we all know your man came in second. womp womppppp

    • casualcommenter - May 5, 2014 at 12:52 PM

      This is the second time you’ve commented that MCW was a horribly inefficient player.

      Once again:
      MCW FG% 40.5
      Oladipo FG% 41.9

      Both of the top rookies were chucking up bricks this year. The difference was that Oladipo had better teammates like Arron Afflalo while the 76’ers traded away or bought out their best players, yet Oladipo still was very inefficient.

      • money2long - May 5, 2014 at 8:09 PM

        To be honest , oladipo was probably more or less consistent at his fg clip while mcw probably made it look fairly even by havin some great shooting nights. However, I noticed mcw had many many poor and glaring bad shooting nights. He probably drove his percentage up with some really nice nights. Final percentages do not tell the entire story which is why I hate people who simply box score watch.

    • unxpexted1 - May 5, 2014 at 1:03 PM

      In what world is 13, 4 and 4 (VO’s stats) better than 17,6 and 6 (MCW’s stats).

      Also, VO couldn’t even start on the 3rd worse team in the league as a #2 pick. So that’s not helping his cause.

  9. mungman69 - May 5, 2014 at 12:34 PM

    Everyone said that MCW would hit a wall during the second half of the season but MCW got better as the season wore on. With more practice, strength and experience MCW will become a star.

    • casualcommenter - May 5, 2014 at 12:57 PM

      The most important thing for MCW, aside from more experience and strength, is frankly getting better players on his team.

      It’s really hard for a point guard to thrive on a roster no talent. The 76’ers GM avoided any free agency signings that would have improved the team and instead actively traded away or bought out most of the decent veterans on the roster in order to tank this season. Hopefully within a year or two, the 76’ers talent improves to the point where MCW won’t be asked to do everything on offense.

  10. gomybirdsgo - May 5, 2014 at 12:47 PM

    Why are magic fans such mcw haters ?? They got the only other player with high potential he just didn’t win rookie of the year

    • casualcommenter - May 5, 2014 at 12:54 PM

      On these boards, it’s really just themagicfanguy who keeps posting negative comments about MCW.
      In his mind, MCW shooting 40.5% made him a horribly inefficient shot-chucker, while Oladipo shooting 41% made him a surefire rookie of the year winner.

      In other words, he’s just a homer.

  11. sumkat - May 5, 2014 at 12:56 PM

    Anybody that didn’t pick MCW as the #1 rookie should no longer be allowed to vote for #1 rookie

  12. themagicfanguy - May 5, 2014 at 2:24 PM

    And what was MCW’s 3pt percentage?
    Are we ignoring that he had a much higher usage rate on a team that played at a much faster pace?
    How many minutes did each player get per game? Yeah, that’s what I thought.
    Also Afflalo was awesome this year, yet you expect Dipo to start? Idiots.

    • money2long - May 5, 2014 at 8:17 PM

      I dunno why ppl are hating on this guy’s comments simply because u feel mcw deserved the award.
      Mcw is not a traditional pg. he welcomed taking the shots and on a team ppl are saying had no support , mcw had freedom to spread his wings. And he probably knew that as he had many games where he took a bulk load of shots. Yes he’s a point guard so I understand havin options open up things for him, but like I said, he’s not a traditional pg. ie Andre miller type. I do believe he’ll be better with help. But do people realize how hard it is for a rookie to develop and do his thing with veteran players over u ? See jameer and afflalo. Mcw deserved the award but I do think oladipo had a harder path in trying to win the award. That’s my only point.

  13. philadelphiafan - May 5, 2014 at 5:24 PM

    Being partially bias here but I think the Sixers have a great chance to have another ROTY winner next season. Between Noel and the two potentially top-10 picks in this years draft the odds are pretty good. Call me crazy here if you want, but IMO the Sixers will be the next team to bring Philadelphia a championship.

  14. dclogicatlast - May 5, 2014 at 10:40 PM

    MCW had a better PER than VO, so I’m not sure how he is less efficient.

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