Just before the season someone asked me what i thought about Philadelphia Sixers rookie Michael Carter- Williams.
My response: That he could see over defenses. That he had great vision when running the floor and attacking the hoop. That if he was able to bang the open shots that he can create with his wiggle, he was gonna be a legit problem.
On Wednesday–the night the Sixers honored Allen Iverson, who officially announced his retirement– Carter-Williams was spectacular in his first NBA game with 22 points, 12 assists, 7 rebounds and nine steals in Philadelphia’s 114-110 win over the Miami Heat in the season opener. The nine steals were the most in NBA history by a player in his first game.
The knock against Carter-Williams, based on his play during the summer league: that he couldn’t shoot. But on opening night he hit six of his 10 shots.
The speculation around the league had been that the Sixers were going to tank the season, especially after first round pick Nerlens Noel went down with an ACL injury that cost him his rookie campaign.
One game doesn’t make a season, even a victory against the defending NBA champs. But what the rookie out of Syracuse showed is that even if the front office has decided to ease up this season, he plans on moving forward full throttle.