After reports surfaced that Sixers point guard Michael Carter-Williams would be named the 2013-14 NBA Rookie of the Year over the weekend, the NBA and the Sixers officially announced the accolade at PCOM on Monday. MCW led all rookies in scoring (16.7 ppg), rebounds (6.2 rpg), assists (6.3 apg) and steals (1.88 spg) while earning four Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month selections and the NBA's Player of the Week from Oct. 29-Nov. 3.
MCW was clearly humbled, but he's also thinking about bigger and better things.
"I'm willing to do whatever the team wants me to do to win the game," he told reporters. "My goal is to one day take my team to the playoffs, but I know it's a slow process."
He went on to say the coaching staff has been encouraging him to watch the historic postseason that is currently ongoing. But he's not watching like a fan, he said he's taking note of the pace and how difficult every single possession has been.
MCW also showed the competitiveness Brett Brown has often said he was impressed the former Syracuse point man possesses.
"I never thought I had to the Rookie of the Year in the palm of my hand," Carter-Williams said. "I always played like I wasn't going to be Rookie of the Year, even the last five games of the year. I always played like someone's ahead of me."
With this season's ROY on board, Nerlens Noel waiting to make his debut and likely two more lottery picks on the way, the future is oh so bright in Philly. We've known that for quite a while, but seeing the team's rebuild start off with the success of drafting the ROY at No. 11 become official today, it's pretty damn exciting.
Also of note, Sam Hinkie was not in attendance as he's abroad on an international scouting trip.