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:
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|
|MCW||16.8||5.9||6.2||1.93||1.63||13 [16 projected]|
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.