Michael Carter-Williams, selected by the Philadelphia 76ers with the eleventh overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, had an outstanding performance in his first Summer League game with his new team. The rookie finished the contest with 26 points, seven rebounds, and eight assists (and also nine turnovers). Though his shooting percentage wasn’t pretty at 8-for-23 from the field, he showed enough flashes of offensive brilliance to have Sixers fans excited for the 2013-2014 NBA Season.
Carter-Williams spoke with the media after the game, an 88-80 loss to the Houston Rockets (who haven’t been in the news lately, so I kinda forgot they existed), and was realistic about his performance:
I went in there with a lot of confidence. I try to do everything for my team to win but we came up short. It is a long process and a learning experience. I am going to take things from today and try and fix them for tomorrow.
Michael Curry, an assistant for the Sixers, spoke about Carter-Williams and the pressures facing the young rookie:
I think he comes in expecting to perform. He sees himself as one of the best players to come out in this draft and he wants to perform that way. And the fact that we gave up Jrue for him that shouldn’t be on him. Hopefully if he does end up feeling that way we can defer some of that away from him and just let him make his own way and set the stage for his own career.