Here is Michael Carter-Williams from the locker room after the game tonight.
Michael Carter-Williams secured his second triple-double of his rookie season with 2.2 seconds left to go in the game. The Sixers would lose their 17th straight, but that wasn’t important. After being in a rookie wall that everyone seemed to be noticing, MCW put the brakes on any conversation of a slump. His stat-line would read 23 points, 13 rebounds, 10 assists and two steals. He hit 8-of-12 from the field — one of the more efficient nights of his young career. More importantly, it’s a sign of things to come.
Oh yeah, Michael Carter-Williams is the FIRST player in Sixers history to have two triple-doubles in a rookie season. So much for that rookie wall, huh? I’ll admit that even I was concerned about MCW’s rookie wall, but not after this performance.
His performance tonight almost definitely locked up Rookie of the Year for the former Syracuse guard. Honestly, it was becoming a close race with his recent slump, but this triple-double put everything else to bed. Just imagine once we surround this kid with some actual NBA talent — these triple-double’s might become something like is a reoccurring theme.
In such a terrible season, there are finally a few bright things on the horizon. One, is Michael Carter-Williams. This triple-double performance assured fans that he is the real deal and the point guard of the Sixers future championship squad. The second is that Philadelphia may finally get to see the debut of Nerlens Noel in less than a month. Reports are still conflicting, but let’s just hope we get to see Nerlens on the court. Just imagine putting Nerlens Noel and Michael Carter-Williams on the same court, even if it’s just for a few games. No matter how small the sample, it would be something to give the Philadelphia Phaithful hope that this thing is going to turn out alright.
Also, with a Sixers loss and a Bucks win tonight, the Sixers are two simple games away from having the worst record in the league. This means having the best percentage at obtaining the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft aka Andrew Wiggins. Also, the Sixers are now three games AHEAD of the Orlando Magic as having the second worst record in the NBA. These are basically tanking rankings, the exact opposite of power rankings.
Don’t worry Philadelphia, the season is almost over.