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May 6, 2014

Top of His Class: Hamilton's Carter-Williams wins NBA Rookie of the Year

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“This game is about winning and it’s not about individual awards. They’re great. I worked hard for it and it was appreciated, but I’d trade it in for a minute.”

Carter-Williams’ consistency in a dire situation was impressive. The Sixers finished the year 19-63, second worst in the league.

Carter-Williams also found himself dealing with the business side of basketball when the Sixers traded veterans Evan Turner, Lavoy Allen, and Spencer Hawes before the trade deadline. At that point, Carter-Williams became the face of the franchise and had to provide leadership to an extremely young team.

Philly suffered through a 26-game losing streak that tied a league record.

“Through all of these situations, I see the evolution in a point guard being born. He allowed our coaching staff to coach him,” Philadelphia head coach Brett Brown said at the press conference. “Look at the bloodlines of this award. You’re talking about Duncans; you’re talking about LeBron James, Chris Paul, Kevin Durant, one of our own, Allen Iverson. Then you’re seeing players that have gone on to have good careers. Think of the first group: NBA champions, gold medalists, MVPs, all-stars. The more time that I spend with Michael, the more you realize that he aspires for greatness.”

Carter-Williams’ relationship with Brown helped for a smooth transition into the NBA.

“He’s been unbelievable for me. I’m not a person that really trusts a lot of people. My circle is really close, especially when it comes to basketball,” Carter-Williams said. “I have a lot of trust in coach, just from going through this whole year and him really getting on my back about every little thing on the court and off the court. I really look up to him and appreciate what he does every single day.”

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