Give and Go: Will skid keep MCW from ROY win?

Give and Go: Will skid keep MCW from ROY win?

Despite struggles, Brown proud of Sixers

March 23, 2014, 3:00 pm
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Michael Carter-Williams leads all rookies in points, assists, rebounds and steals per game. (USA Today Images)

Each week, we'll ask questions about the Sixers to our resident basketball analysts and see what they have to say.

Running the Give and Go this week are CSNPhilly.com columnist John Gonzalez, CSNPhilly.com producer/reporter John Finger and CSN anchor/reporter Marshall Harris.

Will the Sixers' losing skid impact Michael Carter-Williams' bid for Rookie of the Year?

Gonzalez
It shouldn't. He's still leading all rookies in points, rebounds, assists and steals per game, and he has the highest PER among players averaging more than 17 minutes per game. If he sweeps points, rebounds and assists, he'll be just the third rookie in history to do so. The other two were Oscar Robertson and Alvan Adams.

Even with the losing streak, it should still be his award.

Finger
Losing and the Rookie of the Year Award go hand in hand. Of the last 20 ROY winners, seven have come from last-place teams and only four have played for winning teams.

The last time a Rookie of the Year played for a team with a winning record was in 2003 when Amar'e Stoudemire won it with the 44-win Phoenix Suns.

Still, there have been many award winners on last-place teams though not with records like the Sixers. Elton Brand won the award in 2000 for the 17-win Bulls, and Ray Felix of the 1953-54 Baltimore Bullets went 16-56 for the fewest wins for a top rookie.

Harris
The losses themselves won't affect MCW's Rookie of the Year candidacy as much as not having quality players on his team will.

We've seen him at times try to do way too much for an offense that's probably the worst in the NBA from the eye test. That's the biggest reason why the assists are down and the turnovers are up. Many a time watching the Sixers you'll see Carter-Williams drive and make a nice pass to someone open for shot only to see a miss (also known as a blown assist).

Carter-Williams is in the lead to grab the hardware. The play of his own teammates might be the only thing able to trip him up.