Allen Iverson is one of the greatest players to ever touch a basketball court. LeBron James says Iverson is the greatest “pound-for-pound” player to ever grace an NBA court. Why are we bringing up all of this information everyone already knows? Because Iverson was the face of the Sixers franchise and still is in some retrospect. When people think of the Sixers, they think Iverson — it’s just a natural comparison.
With that being said, the Sixers are now in a new age of basketball in Philadelphia. “Together We Build” is the new slogan for the Sixers and at the forefront of this movement is Michael Carter-Williams. The young stud from Syracuse that came into the season and started his NBA season with a dunk against the Miami Heat and LeBron James 23 seconds into his NBA career. Carter-Williams finished his debut with 22 points, 12 assists, seven rebounds and nine assists. Most importantly, the Sixers defeated the Miami Heat for the first time in years and rode that hot streak into a 3-0 start to the season. Things have cooled off as the Sixers have only won 14 games since that 3-0 start and there is only about a week left in the season.
Regardless of the season, it seems natural to compare Carter-Williams, the new face of the Sixers, to the historic face of the Sixers, Allen Iverson. It might seem crazy at first, considering the legacy that Allen Iverson created during his time spent in the NBA, but this is just looking at their rookie seasons.
Obviously, Iverson is the more prolific scorer — that shouldn’t come as a surprise to anybody. Iverson scored 23.5 PPG i his rookie season, compared to 16.7 right now for Carter-Williams. It should be noted that Iverson played about five more minutes per game compared to MCW during their rookie campaigns. Besides the obvious difference in scoring, the rookie campaigns from these two stars are very comparable. Carter-Williams is shooting 41 percent from the floor, while Iverson shot 42 percent, amongst the similarities in assists and steals.
Is Michael Carter-Williams the next Allen Iverson? No, not at all. This is comparing a 6-foot-6 guard to someone who barely cracked 6-foot. However, it’s interesting to look at the rookie campaigns from the most noticeable faces of the Sixers franchise in recent history, especially at the guard position. This is more of a fun comparison, especially as we edge toward the end of Michael Carter-Williams rookie campaign, which might earn him Rookie of the Year honors. MCW has shown flashes of brilliance this season and looks like the type of player that can become capable of putting in a nightly triple-double, or something close to it.
The future of the Sixers is in Michael Carter-Williams and the future is in good hands.