When Michael Carter-Williams was drafted 11th overall by the Philadelphia 76ers, no one could have possibly imagined the type of season the young point guard from Syracuse would have. His debut was nothing short of impressive and after three fourth-quarter steals that would eventually lead to an opening night upset against the reigning NBA Champion Miami Heat, Carter-Williams name was on the tip of everyone’s tongue.
It was not fools gold that Carter-Williams was having such success, as the whole league recognized his stellar play and he was named NBA Rookie of the Month for the Eastern Conference in the month of November. He averaged 17 points per game and a league leading three steals per game. He also had one of the top-selling jerseys in the league coming in at number 15, the only rookie to make the list.
All these accomplishments would leave you thinking that Carter-Williams would have a shot at a reserve spot on the Eastern Conference All-Star team right?
Well sadly, as decorated as his early NBA career has been, it does not look to promising for him. With the likes of Dwyane Wade, LeBron “King” James, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony, the streak of a Sixer being on the squad may end this season.
Last year it was former Sixers guard Jrue Holiday and in 2012 it was Andre Iguodala who represented the team with an All-Star spot. Michael Carter-Williams is very well deserving of a spot and his play makes a strong case for it. Being the league’s top rookie is usually enough to get a mention on the team and we all know from years past, some of the best players do not always make the team. Who could forget last season when Stephen Curry did not get voted in? He’s even on the borderline this season, but it looks as if Curry will get in.
Even though Michael Carter-Williams has had one of the best rookie season in NBA history to date, his All-Star debut will have to wait another season. Although, I can not wait for him to put on a show in the rookie/sophomore showcase during the All-Star festivities.