As one star career ends, another one begins.
To start of season where many thought the Philadelphia 76ers (0-1) would attempt to intentionally lose to get a high draft pick, the Sixers certainly shocked the world. On the night where Allen Iverson made his official retirement, the Sixers defeated the defending champs, the Miami Heat in what was a game that came down to the wire.
The main focus of tonight’s game is the performance of rookie point guard out of Syracuse, Michael Carter-Williams. He showed great improvement from Summer League/Pre-season to now. A big criticism of his game was that he was an inefficient shooter, and careless with the ball. All of that changed in the season opener against the Heat.
The first basket of his young promising career came off of a fast break two-handed jam, an opportunity that was created after he intercepted a pass and went coast to coast. This was the first of many points and steals to come as he set a rookie record for steals in a debut (9). He also tallied 22 points on 6-10 shooting from the field (4-6 from three-point range).
His impressive performance was a result of great ball movement, taking care of the basketball, and efficient shooting. His AST-TO ratio (12:1) showed how well he has improved when it comes to taking care of the ball. He played great on-ball defense, and showed that he was able to adapt to the man to man defense that is played in the NBA. Carter-Williams locked down Mario Chalmers, and caused 9 turnovers overall. The Sixers could ask for no more from MCW tonight as he laid it all out on the line. His clutch free-throws in the waning seconds of the game helped seal the deal. This may not be a good sign for those of you who want “Winless for Wiggins”, but the Sixers are looking good.
MCW FINAL STAT LINE: 22 pts, 12 asts, 9 stls, 7 rebs, 1 TO