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Can Carter-Williams POINT the Sixers in the right direction?

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Michael Carter-Williams appears to get the point thus far in his role as starter and floor general with the Philadelphia 76ers. His assist to turnover ratio so far in this young preseason is showing that if nothing else, this young rookie point guard can not only manage the team on the floor, but he can protect the ball as well. Replacing an All-Star point guard in the departed Jrue Holiday (traded on draft night to the Pelicans) will not be an easy task for Carter-Williams being as though Holiday over the past few seasons with the Sixers had become a fan favorite.

Now with this rebuilt, revamped, mixed team of rookies, undrafted free agents, and a few aging veterans (Kwame Brown and Jason Richardson), along with returning players like Evan Turner, Thaddeus Young and Spencer Hawes who figure to be key pieces, this team will be looking to Carter-Williams to pace an up tempo style offense. The Sixers were ranked 21st in the NBA last season averaging 93.3 possessions per game and the focus of the offense will be to increase that number by far.

Currently the Sixers are 2-2 in the preseason and Carter Williams has tallied 20 assists and just 4 turnovers. Sixers Coach Brett Brown has not made it a point of stressing to Carter-Williams not to turn the ball over. “I didn’t say a word…… I didn’t say anything he just ended up with it.” He tells CSN.com. While Evan Turner leads the team in scoring and has appeared to become one of the teams leaders (along with Hawes and Young), Carter-Williams has been the one on the floor directing traffic and taking care of the ball. For Carter-Williams, that’s been a point of emphasis. “Taking care of the ball is something I have been trying to work on,” Carter-Williams said also speaking to CSN.com. “I had a few turnovers in college, so I am trying to get better each and every day. In practice, I have had some turnovers, but I am working on taking care of the ball and making smart plays.” (Courtesy of CSN.com)

While the knock on Carter-Williams has been his inept ability to shoot, he has more than shown that he is capable of being involved in other ways as that part of his game continues to develop. Averaging 27.1 minutes per game this preseason, even in the two losses he has proven effective and worthy of being named the Sixers starting point guard this season. With three preseason games left to hone his skills, the start of the season looming on October 30th with the Miami Heat looking to be his first test at the Wells Fargo Center, hopefully he will continue to point the Sixers in the right direction and give the fans an exciting ride into the future of the franchise.

Article by: Buddy Hall – hall.buddy@hotmail.com

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