MCW for ROY: How Michael Carter-Williams Stacks Up

MCW_comparisonOne game into Michael Carter-Williams NBA career, Rookie of the Year talk was already permeating the national conversation.

Former NBA great Magic Johnson tweeted about MCW winning the award following his 22 point, 12 assist, 9 steal, 7 rebound debut in a win against the Miami Heat.

The premonition may have been premature, but what has followed that performance makes the prediction seem a little more reasonable.

MCW took a step up in difficulty in terms of his point guard matchup over the next two games, doing battle with Washington’s John Wall and Chicago’s former MVP, Derrick Rose. Carter-Williams stepped up to the challenge against both players as he bounced back from poor first halves in each game to lead the Sixers in two successful comeback efforts.

With the sample size now at three games, is Magic’s prediction starting to make more sense? Perhaps the best route is to see just how MCW stacks up against other Rookie of the Year winners at this time in their award winning campaign.

2013-2014 PG Michael Carter-Williams:

  • 3 Games, 20.7 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 9 apg, 4.3 spg, 46.8 FG%, 47.1 3FG%, Record 3-0
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Four of the last five Rookie of the Year winners were also point guards. Let’s discount the one winner that was not a point guard, Blake Griffin (2010-11).

2012-2013 Winner PG Damian Lillard:

  • 3 Games, 21.3 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 9 apg, 0.67 spg, 47.3 FG%, 36.1 3FG%, Record 2-1

2011-2012 Winner PG Kyrie Irving:

  • 3 Games, 13.3 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 6.0 apg, 1.3 spg, 38.1 FG%, 6.7 3FG%, Record 1-2

2009-2010 Winner PG Tyreke Evans:

  • 3 Games, 12.7 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.7 spg, 40.1 FG%, 11.1 3FG%, Record 0-3

2008-2009 Winner PG Derrick Rose:

  • 3 Games, 18.3 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 4.3 apg, 1.3 spg, 43.1 FG%, 0.0 3FG%, Record 2-1

When you look at the numbers, the idea of MCW winning ROY is not all that farfetched. Out of these five players, Carter-Williams has the second highest points per game, tied for the most rebounds per game with Rose, tied for the most assists per game with Lillard and has recorded the most steals per game.

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Carter-Williams also has the second highest field goal percentage and surprisingly boasts the highest 3-point percentage considering that 3-point shooting was a major knock against him coming into this season. Carter-Williams is also the only player of the five to lead his team to a 3-0 start.

Obviously, all of these players continued their stellar play throughout their rookie campaigns to lead them to winning the award. Carter-Williams still has a long way to go, but you can not the deny the numbers. The Rookie of the Year talk, despite being early, is warranted.

Posted on November 4, 2013, in 76ers, Ray Boyd and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

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