clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Michael Carter-Williams Wins Rookie of the Month for April

New, comments

Michael Carter-Williams was named the NBA's Rookie of the Month for the Eastern Conference, the 4th time he has won the award this year, and the second consecutive month.

Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Michael Carter-Williams has won the NBA's Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month again, the 4th time (out of 6 possible) he has won the award and the second month in a row.

Carter-Williams averaged 17.6 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 6.4 assists per game, with only 1.9 turnovers per night and a true shooting percentage of 59.3%.  The Sixers went 3-5 on the month.

The only other Rookie of the Month winner in the Eastern Conference this season was Victor Oladipo, who won the award in December and February.  Trey Burke won Rookie of the Month for April in the Western Conference, the third time he won it this season.

Over the past 10 years, 7 other players have won Rookie of the Month 4 times (Damian Lillard, John Wall, Blake Griffin, Brandon Jennings, Kevin Durant, Chris Paul, Emeka Okafor).  5 of those players would go on to win Rookie of the Year.  John Wall lost out to Blake Griffin (who also won 4 times in the opposite conference), and Brandon Jennings lost to Tyreke Evans.

While Michael Carter-Williams' efficiency took a hit playing on a team so barren of talent, and the 26 game losing streak will stick in the back of the minds of some people, the accumulation of 4 Rookie of the Month awards along with his counting stats (1st in points, rebounds, assists, and steals among rookies) should make it a virtual certainty that he wins Rookie of the Year at this point.  He would become only the second Philadelphia 76er to win Rookie of the Year, after Allen Iverson in 1997.  Wilt Chamberlain and Woody Sauldsberry won the award for the Philadelphia Warriors in 1960 and 1958, respectively.