A season that was filled with a lot more losing than winning did come out on a positive note, as Michael Carter-Williams was honored as the NBA’s Rookie of the Year. Carter-Williams ousted the competition all season among rookies, never leaving much doubt that he would take home the award. Victor Oladipo and Trey Burke provided competition at some junctures, but Carter-Williams was the prize pony over the whole season. No one knew what to expect when our once beloved Jrue Holiday was traded to NOLA. But now, Holiday is a distant memory. Michael Carter-Williams is the present and future of the Philadelphia 76ers franchise.
Carter-William’s is the second rookie in Sixers history to win ROY honors. The first? Allen Iverson. That’s quite the company for the Syracuse product and this gives a glimmer of hope for the Philadelphia faithful. The season of “tanking” is over and sights can be set on brighter days. Bravo to Sam Hinkie for finding the Rookie of the Year with the 11th pick in the NBA Draft.
Michael Carter-Williams is the first Rookie of the Year to be selected outside of the top ten since Mark Jackson in 1987.
With that being said, let’s take a quick look at some of his spectacular season highlights.