No surprise here. Michael Carter-Williams will be named the NBA’s rookie of the year this week, sources have confirmed.
The 76ers point guard’s receiving the award, first reported Saturday afternoon by Philly.com, will be perhaps the most obvious and anticlimactic outcome of the 2014 NBA awards season.
Carter-Williams joins Allen Iverson (1996-97) as Sixers rookies of the year after posting one of the best campaigns by a first-year player in league history. Philadelphia Inquirer
Sign #1 of a weak draft class: The Rookie of the Year belongs to a team that lost 26 consecutive games.
In fairness, the front office was posturing for a position on the ballot for “Best Tanking Job of All Time” so let’s give Carter-Williams the benefit of the doubt. He played well and earned the award fair and square. Most would argue that he is better than Evan Turner which would make him solid starter for years to come in the worst scenario. – AL