NBA Draft 2013: Philadelphia 76ers Select Michael Carter-Williams With No.11 Pick

May 16, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Michael Carter-Williams is interviewed during the NBA Draft combine at Harrison Street Athletics Facility. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Moments after sending Jrue Holiday to the New Orleans Pelicans, Sam Hinkie decides to replace him with Syracuse’s Michael Carter-Williams.

With incredible size for the point guard position, he has the ability to see over the top of defenses and be a lock-down defender. Undoubtedly the best passer in this year’s draft class, Carter-Williams makes good decisions and should be able to run an NBA offense in time.

His jump shot needs improvement, but if Carter-Williams proved anything at Syracuse, it’s that he is willing to put in the work to improve.

At 6’6″ with explosive athleticism, he is a natural threat in transition.

One thing remains unknown: how will Syracuse’s zone defense effect his defense in the NBA, where it is predominantly man-to-man.

Unless Philadelphia makes a splash in free agency, Carter-Williams is likely to be slotted into the starting point guard role come day one.

Topics: Michael Carter-Williams, NBA Draft, NBA Draft 2013, Philadelphia 76ers

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