Michael Carter-Williams selected No. 11 by 76ers in NBA draft
The 76ers selected Michael Carter-Williams with the 11th pick in the NBA draft on Thursday. Here’s a look at Carter-Williams and how he fits with Philadelphia:
Bio: Syracuse | Sophomore | Point Guard
Vitals: 6-6, 184 pounds
2012-13 Statistics: 11.9 points, 4.9 rebounds, 7.3 assists, 2.8 steals, 39.3 percent shooting in 40 games.
Strengths: Size, athleticism and passing ability (11 double-digit assist games last season) are Carter-Williams’ calling cards. He has the potential to defend both guard spots because of his height and length. Carter-Williams averaged nearly three steals per game, igniting transition opportunities in which he thrives.
Weaknesses: Carter-Williams made only 29.2 percent (35-0f-120) from three-point range last season and, as SI.com’s Andy Glockner noted, he also struggled on long twos and in catch-and-shoot opportunities and off-the-dribble situations. If Carter-Williams doesn’t become a better shooter, defenses will go under screens against him in the pick-and-roll, daring him to fire away from the perimeter and making it difficult for him to penetrate. Carter-Williams will also have to prove that he can play man-to-man defense consistently after operating in Syracuse’s zone. Filling out his slender frame will help him on both ends of the court.
What Scouts Say: “I like him, but don’t love him. He’s turnover prone. I think he’s a year-and-a-half away from making an impact. If he can shoot, he can be a starter, but right now he’s a bad shooter. But that’s one thing you can get better at if you work at it. He’s going to get you steals — he is really good in those passing lanes — but defensively Syracuse players are definitely less prepared for the NBA because they play that zone.”
Team Fit: Philadelphia absolutely needed a point guard in this spot after dealing Jrue Holiday to New Orleans in the deal that netted Nerlens Noel, but was this the right point guard? The thought of the poor-shooting Carter-Williams paired with scattershot 2-guard Evan Turner is, umm, intriguing. Maybe that’s why they got Noel? To collect all the offensive rebounds? It might have been tempting to go with Shane Larkin in this spot instead, but the 76ers have good size now in the backcourt and if Carter-Williams refines his jumper, this could end up as a nice pick.