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May 6, 2014

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


A four-time Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month this year, Carter-Williams joined Allen Iverson as the only two Sixers to ever receive the Rookie of the Year Award.

Carter-Williams ended up with a 3-1 record against his hometown Boston Celtics, including two wins in Beantown. He even stated at yesterday’s press conference that his favorite game was Philly’s second win in Boston last month. He scored 24 points and added six rebounds and six assists in the Sixers’ 111-102 win.

The Sixers have a young nucleus to build around in Carter-Williams and Everett’s Nerlens Noel, who sat out this season with a knee injury. Plus they have two lottery picks in next month’s NBA Draft, including one that should be in the top three.

Carter-Williams is excited and optimistic about the Sixers’ future.

“As we get more pieces the expectations will change a little,” Carter-Williams said. “I want to bring the team to the playoffs and experience the playoffs, but I know it’s a slow process. We’ll take each day at a time and slowly come together and just get better each and every day.

“We want to work hard to create a tradition like coach (Brown) has had in his history with San Antonio (as an assistant). I know everybody on my team and the staff will work hard toward that.”

Hamilton's Michael Carter-Williams, the 11th overall pick in last June's NBA Draft, was announced as the Rookie of the Year Award winner yesterday after a phenomenal season with the Philadelphia 76ers. The 6-foot-6 point guard led all rookies with 16.7 points, 6.3 rebounds and 6.2 assists per game. Here are some of his highlight games from this season:

October 30, vs. Miami — On opening night, Carter-Williams scored 22 points and added 12 assists, nine steals and seven rebounds in Philly's shocking 114-110 victory. The nine steals set an NBA record in a debut game.

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