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Sixers Rising


It's not all bad news for the Sixers. The argument can be made that if it takes 3 stars to make a good NBA team, the Sixers already have 1 of the 3. As the stats below indicate, MCW is a lock for Rookie of the Year:

2013-2014 Rookies
Pts Reb Assts Steals A/TO Double Double
MCW 16.8 5.9 6.2 1.93 1.63 13
Oladipo 12.7 4.3 5.4 1.55 1.33 6
Trey Burke 13.8 3.1 4.1 0.56 2.93 5
Hardaway Jr. 10 1.5 0.8 0.51 1.23 0

More interesting, however, is a comparison with the rookie seasons of other star NBA point guards. Take a look at how MCW stacks up to the rookies seasons of other star PGs:
Rookie Season Point Guard Stats
Pts Reb Assts Steals A/TO Double Double
Chris Paul 16.1 5.1 7.8 2.2 3.39 21
MCW 16.8 5.9 6.2 1.93 1.63 13 [16 projected]
Kyrie Irving 18.5 3.7 5.4 1.1 1.74 1
Derrick Rose 16.8 3.9 6.3 0.7 2.52 8
John Wall 16.4 4.6 8.3 1.8 2.18 20

The reality is that Michael Carter-Williams as a rookie compares favorably to these players, each of whom would be considered a star when applying the 3 star test.
The Sixers are in a tremendous position to pick up a 2nd star in this year's talent-laden NBA draft.
A second top 10 pick this year, plus Nerlens Noel give them a decent shot at picking up a third with no further moves ... but just as a safety cushion they also will have $36 million in cap space this summer. Plenty of cap room to add 2 more max contracts.
Is an accelerated turnaround a realistic option for this team? Too early to tell, but it's a pleasant thought after the slow torture this season has been to watch.

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