Will MCW live up to expectations in 2nd season?

Will MCW live up to expectations in 2nd season?

August 20, 2014, 1:30 pm
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Pictured from left to right: Kyrie Irving, Michael Carter-Williams and Derrick Rose. (AP)

Kevin Love is expected to officially be traded to Cleveland for Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and a future first-round pick on Saturday.

It is also expected, on that same day, Sixers forward Thaddeus Young will be traded to Minnesota for Bennett, though that part of the deal is not etched in stone.

Young, entering his eighth season with the team that selected him No. 12 in 2007, is the longest-tenured Sixer on the roster.

"I will take what he taught me my rookie year into the rest of my career," Michael Carter-Williams said this past weekend of Young. "I hope he comes back with us because he is a great leader on the court. His stats are great, and he's a great person and teammate.

"If he is not with us I hope the best for him and his family, and I just have to worry about who is on our team."

There is going to be pressure on Carter-Williams, with or without Young as a teammate, going into the 2014-15 season. MCW is the reigning NBA Rookie of the Year, and with that comes expectations of bigger and better things.

"I may use it as motivation on the days that I really need to get up and workout," Carter-Williams said of the anticipated pressure. "I did win Rookie of the Year. There are some expectations of me. I just need to keep pushing it, and trying to be great each and every day."

Carter-Williams will look to improve on a season in which he averaged 16.2 points, 6.3 assists and 6.2 rebounds. He shot 40.8 percent but only 26.4 percent from behind the arc.

Looking at the previous five ROY winners, their sophomore seasons panned out pretty well. Here's a synopsis of each player's performance from year one to two:

Trail Blazers: Damian Lillard
The 6-foot-3 point guard averaged 19.0 points and 6.5 assists his rookie season. He shot 42.9 percent from the floor and 36.8 percent from three-point range.

A year later, Lillard increased his scoring to 20.7 points per game. His turnovers decreased from 3.0 to 2.1, and his free-throw attempts increased from 3.9 to 5.2.

Two years ago, the Trailblazers won 33 games. Portland went 54-26 Lillard's second year as a pro.

Cavaliers: Kyrie Irving
The 6-foot-2 point guard averaged 18.5 points and 5.4 assists as a rookie. Irving shot 46.9 percent from the field and 39.9 percent from behind the arc.

The following season, Irving averaged 22.5 points and 5.9 assists. His field-goal percentage fell off slightly to 45.2 percent. Irving shot the three-ball well again, finishing at 39.1 percent.

Irving's first two seasons in the league were injury-plagued. He played 51 games as a rookie and 59 games his sophomore season.

Cleveland won 21 games Irving's rookie season. The Cavaliers win total increased by three a season later.

Clippers: Blake Griffin
The 6-foot-10 power forward averaged a double-double his rookie season with 22.5 points and 12.1 rebounds. Griffin shot 50.6 percent from the floor.

Griffin followed up his rookie campaign by averaging 20.7 points and 10.9 rebounds. His field-goal percentage increased to 54.9 percent.

The Clippers won 32 games Griffin's first season. A year later, in a strike-shortened season, Los Angeles went 40-26 and made the playoffs.

Kings: Tyreke Evans
The Chester native averaged 20.1 points, 5.8 assists, and 5.3 rebounds for the Sacramento Kings during the 2009-10 season. Evans shot 45.8 percent from the floor, but just 25.5 percent from three-point range.

A year later, Evans averaged 17.8 points, 5.6 assists, and 4.8 rebounds. His field-goal percentage dropped to 40.9 percent, but his percentage from long distance increased slightly to 29.1.

The Kings won 25 games Evans' first season and 24 games a year later.

Bulls: Derrick Rose
The 6-foot-3 point guard averaged 16.8 points, 6.3 assists and 3.9 rebounds. Rose shot 47.5 percent from the floor.

In his second season with Chicago, Rose averaged 20.8 points, 6.0 assists, and 3.8 rebounds. He shot 48.9 percent from the floor.

Ironically, the Bulls were 41-41 Rose's rookie season, and they posted the same record a year later.

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