Jun 28, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers point guard Michael Carter-Williams (1) is introduced during press conference at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He was the 11th pick overall in the NBA Draft. At left is general manager Sam Hinkie. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Michael Carter-Williams: Realistic expectations for rookie season

With Michael Carter-Williams set to take over as floor general post-Jrue Holiday, it is only fair to expect  him to have some growing pains as most rookies do. Despite facing the daunting task of replacing the city’s lone All-Star from a year ago, MCW should not be graded on whether or not he fills that void immediately. Instead, his progress should be viewed more intently than any numbers.

Here are some things that Sixers’ fans should be on the look-out for this season.

Can MCW shoot?

Carter-Williams has been criticized harshly for his jump shot in college, or lack thereof. Unfortunately for fans in Philadelphia, it is for good reason. During his senior season at Syracuse, the lanky point guard shot under 30% from beyond the arc, and that doesn’t even mention his poor mechanics. The three-ball wasn’t his only struggle a season ago though, MCW shot just 69.4% from the charity stipe as well.

GM Sam Hinkie seemed to downplay this issue during the introductory press conference for Michael Carter-Williams. Don’t let him fool you though, MCW’s shooting will be on Hinkie’s radar this season and for seasons to come.

What types of decisions does he make?

At times during his senior season, scouts were concerned about Michael Carter-Williams’ decision-making, particularly in transition. There were times were he showed glimpses of greatness in this areas, but it’s the other times that had teams worried about his overall potential. Too many times at Syracuse, MCW passed out of easy scoring opportunities. While no one dislikes an unselfish players, there are times during a basketball game that the opportunity presents itself to score, and players can not afford to pass that opportunity up.

Decision-making will ultimately be the x-factor for MCW. Luckily, this is an area that can be improved with time. The NBA has seen great point guards that struggle to shoot from distance, but there is not  a single one that struggled to make good decisions on a consistent basis.

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