Carter-Williams takes home April rookie honors

Carter-Williams takes home April rookie honors

Jim Lynam points out the positives in the Sixers' season

April 18, 2014, 7:45 pm
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Michael Carter-Williams is the first Sixer to earn rookie of the month honors four times in a season. (AP)

Michael Carter-Williams was named the Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for the fourth time this season on Friday.

Carter-Williams is the first Sixer to earn Rookie of the Month honors more than twice in a season.

By claiming the award for April, Carter-Williams may have sealed his claim on the Rookie of the Year Award. Caron Butler, Brandon Jennings and John Wall are the only two players who were named Rookie of the Month four times and failed to win the Rookie of the Year

Carter-Williams joins Butler, Jennings, Wall, Damian Lillard, Blake Griffin, Kevin Durant, Chris Paul, LeBron James, Tim Duncan, Shaquille O'Neal, David Robinson, Ralph Sampson and Terry Cummings as the only players to win four Rookie of the Month awards.

In eight games in April, Carter-Williams averaged 17.6 points, 7.5 rebounds and 6.4 assists while shooting 53 percent from the floor. He had 21 points and a career-high 14 rebounds in a win over Boston on April 14. He also added six assists and four steals in the game. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last rookie to record at least 21 points, 14 rebounds, six assists and four steals in a game was Bernard King on March 24, 1978.

Selected No. 11 in the 2013 NBA draft, Carter-Williams averaged 16.7 points, 6.3 assists, 6.2 rebounds and 1.86 steals this season. He became just the third player dating back to 1950-51 to lead rookies in points per game, rebounds per game and assists per game, joining Oscar Robertson (1960-61) and Alvan Adams (1975-76).

Carter-Williams also joins Robertson and Magic Johnson (1979-80) as the only players to average at least 16.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists in their rookie season.

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