Author Brian Seltzer

 

'Sixers Sound' Blog: Casper Ware Looks to Build on Strong Summer League

Head coach Brett Brown said last week that Tony Wroten - who backed up Carter-Williams for most of last year - will likely assume the starting role when the Sixers’ begin their pre-season schedule next Monday, October 6th, at the Boston Celtics.  Brown, though, acknowledged yesterday that he’s intrigued by what Alexey Shved - acquired from Minnesota as part of the Thaddeus Young deal - could offer at the point.  Shved mostly played shooting guard in two seasons with the Timberwolves; he’s hit 36% from the field, and 29.5% from three point territory, in his brief NBA career. Read more...

76ers Blog: Brett Brown Introduces New Training Camp Practice Routine

On Tuesday, September 30th, the 76ers opened their second pre-season under head coach Brett Brown.  In one of several new twists to the format of this year's training camp, the Sixers decided to relocate to a more remote site, the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, just outside of Atlantic City, NJ. Read more...

76ers Blog: Sixers Look Ahead to 2014 Training Camp

The 76ers' spent a good portion of Monday at Wells Fargo Center, taking part in a variety of Media Day activities, like press conferences, photo shoots, and meet-and-greet sessions with fans. Read more...

76ers Blog: Hinkie Confident in Plan, Carter-Williams After Trading Young

“Thad laid it on the line for us night after night,” said Hinkie.  “I mentioned that to him.  I’m aware of the kind of ups and downs he’s been through during his career, and am aware of the positive attitude he brought every day.  I don’t think you find people like Thad very much.  He’s straight down the middle, professional, and surrounds himself with great people.  He does a lot of things as a man and a person that I respect.” Read more...

76ers Blog: Fallout from Thaddeus Young Trade

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76ers Blog: Looking at Sixers' 2014-2015 Schedule

The 76ers, along with the rest of the NBA, released their schedule for the 2014-2015 season tonight.   The team opens the campaign on Wednesday, 10/29/2014 with a road match-up against the Indiana Pacers, and will attempt to improve upon a 19-63 finish in its second year under head coach Brett Brown. Read more...

76ers Blog: Las Vegas NBA Summer League Camp Interviews

The 76ers conducted four try-out practice sessions from Monday, July 7th through Thursday, July 10th to help the organization determine a portion of its Las Vegas NBA Summer League roster.  Hear from: Read more...

76ers Podcast: Bob Cooney Discusses NBA Draft Combine

Philadelphia Daily News 76ers beat reporter Bob Cooney provides a recap of the first day of the NBA Draft Combine, with details on the Sixers' potential prospect targets, and the team's approach to its draft preparations.  Read more...

76ers Blog: Michael Carter-Williams Starts, Finishes Strong in Rookie of the Year Season

Michael Carter-Williams - from his first official NBA game - proved himself worthy of the league's top rookie honor.  The 22-point, 7-rebound, 12-assist, 9-steal effort he displayed on opening night against the Miami Heat was just a glimpse of the well-rounded box line that the 6'6" tall, 185-pound point guard was capable of delivering on a regular basis. 

On Monday morning, what was presumed for the better part of the regular season, and recently had been reported as fact by local media, was indeed confirmed; Carter-Williams won the Eddie Gottlieb Trophy as NBA Rookie of the Year.  He and Allen Iverson are the only two players in Philadelphia 76ers franchise history to earn the recognition.  This past season, Carter-Williams paced all rookies with 16.7 points, 6.2 rebounds, 6.3 assists, and 1.86 steals; Iverson averaged 23.5 points, 4.1 rebounds, 7.5 assists, and 2.1 steals during the 1996-1997 season.

Carter-Williams offered plenty of memorable showings over the course of his first 70 games as a pro:

  • As a part of his promising debut week, Carter-Williams not only held his own against the defending champion Miami Heat, but also out-played Chicago Bulls MVP-winning point guard Derrick Rose, posting 26 points and 10 assists in the Sixers' third game of the season. 
  • On December 3rd, Carter-Williams went toe-to-toe in a triple-double showdown with the Orlando Magic's Victor Oladipo, who was second to Carter-Williams in Rookie of the Year voting.  That game marked the first of two triple-doubles on the season for Carter-Williams. 
  • There were also two 30-point games that the Syracuse product offered, albeit in losing causes; Carter-Williams put up a career-best 33 points at Cleveland on January 7th, and later had 31 points at Washington on January 20th. 

While there were many individual, isolated games in which Carter-Williams stood out, the consistency with which he competed at the start and finish of the year was arguably his most impressive achievement.  In 19 games over his first two months, Carter-Williams reached double-figure point totals 18 times;  also during this period, he accumulated 143 assists against 67 turnovers (with his turnover total only once exceeding his assist total), and manufactured eight double-doubles.

After converting 13 of 22 field goal attempts for 31 points at the Washington Wizards on Martin Luther King Day, Carter-Williams' shooting touch declined for a bit.  At that point, he had been hitting 41.5 percent of his shots and averaging 17.5 points through 30 games.  Over the next 30 games, his field goal shooting dipped to 36.7 percent, and his scoring average went down by two points.  Amidst this stretch, which coincided with the Sixers trading away two of their best players, and the team's 26-game losing streak, both Carter-Williams and his head coach, Brett Brown, acknowledged that the rookie was dealing with fatigue.

Despite the physical and mental burdens he assumed in the closing months of the Sixers' 19-63 season, Carter-Williams managed to find a spark that helped him finish strong.  Beginning with the Sixers' slump-busting win over the Detroit Pistons on March 29th, Carter-Williams looked re-energized, exhibiting some of his most efficient scoring of the season by knocking down 51 percent of the attempts he took over the team's final 10 games.  On top of that, he gave away no more than three turnovers in each of his last nine outings.  Here's a breakdown of the splits referenced above:

  • Games 1-30:   34.6 M / 17.5 P / 41.4 FG% / 69.5 FT% / 5.7 R / 6.7 A / 3.4 TO / 2.5 S 
  • Games 31-60: 35.1 M / 15.5 P / 36.7 FG% / 68.6 FT% / Read more...

76ers Blog: End-of-Season Sound

On Thursday, April 17th, the day after their 19-63 regular season concluded, the 76ers - from head coach Brett Brown to rehabbing center prospect Nerlens Noel - addressed the media one final time before the team dispersed for the spring and summer.  Here are links to some soundbytes addressing key storylines from the 2013-2014 campaign, and for the off-season that awaits. Read more...

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