Sixers' Michael Carter-Williams wins NBA Rookie of the Year
Michael Carter-Williams was officially named the NBA Rookie of the Year on Monday morning, according to a press release from NBA.com.
The Philadelphia 76ers' first-year guard out of Syracuse University became only the third rookie since 1950-51 (Oscar Robertson and Alvin Adams) to lead all first-year players in points, rebounds and assists. For the season, he averaged 16.7 points, 6.3 assists and 6.2 rebounds.
The 22-year-old received 104 from a possible 124 first-place votes after a panel of sportswriters throughout the U.S. and Canada weighed in with their ballots.
The Orlando Magic's Victor Oladipo and Trey Burke of the Utah Jazz finished second and third, respectively.
Carter-Williams, selected No. 11 overall by the Sixers in last year's draft, had arguably the greatest NBA debut of any player in recent history, going off for 22 points, 12 assists, 7 rebounds and 9 steals -- the most ever by a rookie in his first game -- in a 114-110 win over the reigning NBA champion Miami Heat. A month later, he notched his first career triple double with 27 points, 12 rebounds, and 10 assists in a 126-125 double overtime victory over Oladipo and the Magic. Oladipo also had a triple-double that game, marking the only time in league history that two rookies compiled a triple double in the same game.
Carter-Williams' award on Monday caps off a season that began with him being named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week in his first week in the NBA, a feat that has not been accomplished since Shaquille O'Neal won the award more than two decades ago in 1992. He won Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month four times and had 17 double-doubles on the season to go along with his two triple-doubles. SI WIRE: Stephen Curry: ‘Totally unfair’ Mark Jackson under scrutiny for head coaching job