MCW headlines underwhelming All-Rookie team

MCW headlines underwhelming All-Rookie team
May 22, 2014, 4:45 pm
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Here's all you need to know about the brutality of the 2013 NBA Draft: Michael Carter-Williams, the Rookie of the Year and the only unanimous selection on the All-Rookie team posted some shooting numbers that even noted bricklayers would find offensive.

On Thursday the NBA announced the all-rookie teams with Carter-Williams (76ers) receiving 125 votes from national writers.  Victor Oladipo (Magic), who was one vote shy of unanimous status, also headlined the first team along with Trey Burke (Jazz), Mason Plumlee (Nets) and Tim Hardaway Jr. (Knicks).

The 11th overall selection the 2013 Draft, Carter-Williams dominated the season among the rookie from the season opener, averaging 16.7 points, 6.3 assists, 6.2 rebounds, and 1.9 steals. He won the Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month honors in four of the six months.  He had 17 double-doubles and two triple-doubles on the season, while scoring at least 20 points in 25 contests.

All that sounds great, but all that production took place on a team that produced just 19 wins. MCW had the opportunity to do whatever he wanted, especially during the second half of the season when the roster might not have qualified for the D-League playoffs.

Nobody should blame the lengthy 6-foot-6 point guard for the dismal record. However, one columnist recently suggested it might not be prudent to think Carter-Williams can be part of any viable future either. Some quotes from the aforementioned column.

* "Carter-Williams was this year's top rookie for the sole reason that the league had to give it to someone. The 2013 draft class was not a good one. It might be historically bad."

* "Carter-Williams did lead all rookies in scoring, rebounds, and assists, which sounds great, but those numbers were inflated by the Sixers' pace of play - the highest number of possessions per game of all NBA teams in the last four seasons - by his being on the court for 33 minutes per game, and by the team's mind-boggling lack of other options."

* "Well, Carter-Williams shot very poorly and didn't take care of the ball. His defense is harder to quantify because he was on the court with such a collection of losers, but he wasn't any great shakes there, either, going under screens instead of fighting over them against good shooters and struggling to stay on the ball against his man.

* "Offensively, Carter-Williams shot 32.9 percent on attempts taken three feet or more from the basket. He made just 26.4 percent of his three-point attempts, which is truly hideous, and yet took more than 200 of them. He also averaged 16.9 turnovers for every 100 offensive plays and had an assist-to-turnover ratio of less than 2 to 1. Analyze that."

The point of all this, from my end anyway, isn't to bash Carter-Williams, not at all. The kid obviously has talent and shooting is one skill we see improve. See Wall, John.

The point is to make it clear that not all drafts are created equal. When those in the town of the Rookie of the Year even hint that the award-winning player should be traded, that's a not a draft worth lamenting.

Notes: 76ers rookie and former Georgetown starter Hollis Thompson received five votes. Anthony Bennett, the No. 1 overall pick by the Cavaliers, picked up one vote as did ex-Terp Alex Len (Suns).

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