Philadelphia 76’ers Michael Carter-Williams (R) is guarded by Chicago Bulls Derrick Rose during the first quarter of their NBA game in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in this file photo taken November 2, 2013. (REUTERS: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports/Files)
Philadelphia 76ers point guard Michael Carter-Williams was named NBA Rookie of the Year on Monday.
Carter-Williams is only the third rookie since 1950-51 to lead all first-year players in scoring, rebounding and assists. He received 104 of a possible 124 first-place votes from a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the U.S. and Canada, finishing with 569 points.
Carter-Williams averaged 16.7 points, 6.3 assists and 6.2 rebounds, joining Oscar Robertson (1960-61) and Alvan Adams (1975-76) as the only players since 1950-51 to pace all rookies in those three categories. He also joined Robertson and Magic Johnson as the only rookies in NBA history to average at least 16.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists. He also led all rookies in steals with 1.86 per game — sixth in the NBA overall.
Orlando Magic shooting guard Victor Oladipo finished second with 364 points (16 first-place votes) and Utah Jazz point guard Trey Burke finished third with 96 points (one first place vote).
Players were awarded five points for each first-place vote, three points for each second-place vote and one point for each third-place vote.
“Michael made an immediate impact on the court this season, but his dedication, professionalism and contributions to both the organization and the Philadelphia community make him all the more deserving of this award,” Sixers owner Josh Harris said in a statement. “This is an incredibly proud moment for the 76ers and one we are thrilled to share with him, the city and our fans.”
Carter-Williams is the only rookie picked 10th or lower to win the award since Mark Jackson did it in 1987 with the New York Knicks. Selected by the 76ers with the 11th overall pick of the 2013 draft, he was named NBA Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played Oct. 29-Nov. 3, joining Shaquille O’Neal as the only rookies in history to capture NBA Player of the Week honors to begin their careers.
Carter-Williams was also named NBA Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month honors four times this season. He had 17 double-doubles and two triple-doubles, and scored at least 20 points in 25 games.
“Michael performed and represented the Sixers organization this past season in a manner befitting of the 2013-14 NBA Rookie of the Year,” co-managing owner David Blitzer said in a statement. “He never stopped working from the moment he burst onto the national scene in our home opener through the final horn at last game of the season, and we are proud to congratulate him on this well-deserved award.”
Carter-Williams had 22 points, 12 assists and nine steals in his NBA debut to help the Sixers beat the Miami Heat 114-110.
“By opening night, it was clear to us that Michael belonged,” Sixers president Sam Hinkie said in a statement. “This award marks a lifetime of hard work. … We congratulate him on this unique achievement and look forward to helping him put in the work necessary to garner even greater success in the future.”
Allen Iverson is the only other player in Sixers history to win the award.