Michael Carter-Williams averaged 11.9 points and 7.3 assists at Syracuse last season. (Greg Nelson/SI)
The 76ers selected Michael Carter-Williams with the 11th pick in the NBA draft on Thursday. Here's a look at Carter-Williams and how he fits with Philadelphia:
Bio: Syracuse | Sophomore | Point Guard
Vitals: 6-6, 184 pounds
2012-13 Statistics: 11.9 points, 4.9 rebounds, 7.3 assists, 2.8 steals, 39.3 percent shooting in 40 games.
Strengths: Size, athleticism and passing ability (11 double-digit assist games last season) are Carter-Williams' calling cards. He has the potential to defend both guard spots because of his height and length. Carter-Williams averaged nearly three steals per game, igniting transition opportunities in which he thrives.
Weaknesses: Carter-Williams made only 29.2 percent (35-0f-120) from three-point range last season and, as SI.com's Andy Glockner noted, he also struggled on long twos and in catch-and-shoot opportunities and off-the-dribble situations. If Carter-Williams doesn't become a better shooter, defenses will go under screens against him in the pick-and-roll, daring him to fire away from the perimeter and making it difficult for him to penetrate. Carter-Williams will also have to prove that he can play man-to-man defense consistently after operating in Syracuse's zone. Filling out his slender frame will help him on both ends of the court.
What Scouts Say: "I like him, but don't love him. He's turnover prone. I think he's a year-and-a-half away from making an impact. If he can shoot, he can be a starter, but right now he's a bad shooter. But that's one thing you can get better at if you work at it. He's going to get you steals -- he is really good in those passing lanes -- but defensively Syracuse players are definitely less prepared for the NBA because they play that zone."