In this latest edition of Dei-mails, we touch on the Sixers’ veteran core, Michael Carter-Williams’ minutes and the rookie point guard’s best comparison.
Here we go:
What will happen with Turner, Hawes and Young?
A reader named Brad posed this question, as well as whether the Sixers’ front office would keep Evan Turner, Spencer Hawes and Thaddeus Young around to help with leadership on the club.
I think the Sixers will definitely make a move by the trade deadline. I do not think it will involve Hawes because he is in the final year of his contract and his $6.5 million salary is not enough money to come off another team’s cap to land a impact free agent in the offseason.
Young and Turner have both increased their trade value. Heading into this season, there was definitely a belief neither guy was in the future plans of this franchise. While that may still be the case, Young and Turner are still just 25 years old with plenty of time to grow as players.
Sam Hinkie loves draft picks, that much we know. Still, trading Young to a contender for a first-round draft pick this year would not be enough in my eyes, even though this upcoming draft class is said to be deep in talent.
A first-rounder and an expiring contract would definitely have Young on the move. He makes close to $9 million this year and has two more years left on his contract.
Turner’s payday is coming in the offseason and I just don’t see the Sixers being ready to spend what he will demand on the open market. They are still a few years away from being a team that can contend in the Eastern Conference.
I think a sign-and-trade happens in the summer involving Turner.
Is Brown going to burn out Carter-Williams?
A Twitter user (@LoyalJohnHall) was concerned about Michael Carter-Williams’ minutes on the court.
The worry is understandable. Carter-Williams has already been sidelined earlier this season with a foot injury and is now dealing with a sore knee.
Carter-Williams is averaging 36.6 minutes per game, the most among all rookies. His minutes are second-highest on the Sixers behind Turner’s 37.1. The rookie point guard’s minute are rank 17th in the entire NBA.
As a college sophomore, MCW played 1,409 minutes over a 40-game season. He is already a little more than one-third of the way to logging those same minutes in his first pro season.
The increased number of games, playing at a high tempo and a drastic increase in travel is certainly an adjustment. However, those things are best dealt with by youth.
Who is a good comparison to Carter-Williams?
A reader named Michelle said that Carter-Williams reminds her of “a skinny Magic Johnson.”
I decided to look at Magic’s numbers as a rookie through 15 games and compare them to Carter-Williams’ marks. Johnson’s points are all that are listed game by game and he averaged 19.6 a night in his first 15 games.
For the season, Johnson averaged 17.9 points, 7.7 rebounds, 7.3 assists and 2.4 steals a game. He shot 53 percent from the field but just 22.6 percent from three-point range.
Carter-Williams is currently averaging 17.7 points, 7.3 assists, 5.8 rebounds and 3.1 steals per game.
Carter-Williams is shooting 40.8 percent from the field and 32.4 percent from long distance.