LeBron James got a good look at Michael Carter-Williams' first NBA game, when the Sixers' rookie nearly put up a quadruple-double in the Sixers' season-opening win over the Heat. (AP)
Michael Carter-Williams jump-started his NBA career when he helped his team knock off the Miami Heat in the Sixers' season opener.
MCW finished with 22 points, 12 assists, nine steals and seven rebounds. The rookie has played 26 games since, averaging 17.6 points, 7.0 assists, 5.9 rebounds and 2.59 steals -- second-highest in the NBA.
“He has been playing great basketball,” LeBron James said, referring to MCW. “Obviously he has his ups and downs like any ol' rookie, but he has been playing pretty steady basketball for his team, so they got a good one.”
James seemed to hand Carter-Williams a compliment, but then it appeared he didn’t want to give the first year player too high praise.
Hearing James’ words inspired me to look up his ol’ rookie numbers. James averaged 20.9 points, 5.9 assists, 5.5 rebounds and 1.6 steals his first NBA season.
Safe to say the Sixers' rookie is off to a solid start to his career, as LeBron was back in 2003-04.
Miami head coach Erik Spoelstra had no problem acknowledging the game Carter-Williams had against his team and the potential he possesses long-term.
“He is that long multi-skilled point guard,” Spoelstra said. “There are very few of those types of point guards with that skill set. He eventually can be a multi-position player. I mean he almost had a quadruple-double in our game. It tells you the ability he has on the court to impact the game in a lot of different areas.”
MCW and his teammates will try to hand the Heat a fourth consecutive loss, while trying to string together two straight victories themselves.