Dec 3, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Michael Carter-Williams (1) celebrates making a basket during the third quarter against the Orlando Magic at the Wells Fargo Center. The Sixers defeated the Magic 126-125 in double overtime. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

76ers rookie Michael Carter-Williams expected to return from injury against Nets

After being without their best guard for the past seven games, the Philadelphia 76ers received a piece of good news prior to their Friday night game against the Brooklyn Nets.

Rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams is expected to return to the lineup on Friday, and even with his extended absence, MCW ranks near the top of many Rookie of the Year ballots at this early stage. Carter-Williams has missed those 7 games as a result of a knee infection, and while Dei Lynam reports (see above) that he is “questionable” for tonight, all indications are that he’ll be back on the court.

His return sets the stage for what should be an incredibly interesting battle between the rookie and a healthy Deron Williams, and that gives a bit more intrigue to what could have been an ugly game. In fact, Carter-Williams makes any game more entertaining, as his flashy, unique style has also resulted in big-time numbers (17.7 points, 7.3 assists, 5.8 rebounds per game) so far in his short career.

In his absence, Philly has been unable to garner a single win, and that is a certain indication of just how valuable the young man is. He may not be at his peak due to their injury and some rust, but it’ll be great to see him on the floor.

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