Reigning ROY Michael Carter-Williams could miss start of Sixers' season

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Sixers' Michael Carter-Williams may miss start of the season

Reigning rookie of the year Michael Carter-Williams could miss the start of the Sixers season because of a nagging shoulder injury, according to a report on Thursday from Dei Lynam of CSN Philly.

The former Syracuse standout, who turns 23 on Friday, had surgery in May to repair a torn labrum in right shoulder. It's limited him throughout training camp and apparently the rehab isn't going as quickly as expected.

Thunder rookie Mitch McGary out six weeks with fractured foot 

Head coach Brett Brown said Thursday that Carter-Williams is still a few weeks away from participating in five-on-five drills. Typically, a player spends a few days engaged in full-court five-on-five drills to gauge whether he's ready to return to action. 

Philadelphia tips off its regular season on Oct. 29 with a game on the road vs. the Pacers, so it's entirely possible -- according to Brown's timeline -- that Carter-Williams misses the first few games of the season. 

Carter-Williams averaged 16.7 points, 6.3 rebounds and 6.2 assists in his first season last year. He had a remarkable NBA debut, falling three rebounds and one steal short of the incredibly rare quadruple-double with 22 points, 12 assists, seven rebounds and nine steals in a 114-110 win over the Miami Heat. 

- Marc Weinreich 


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