PHILADELPHIA — Michael Carter-Williams has something to show for being a bright spot in a dismal season for the 76ers.
Carter-Williams won the NBA’s Rookie of the Year Award on Monday after becoming just the third player since 1950-51 to lead all rookies in scoring (16.7), rebounding (6.3) and assists (6.2). Oscar Robertson (1960-61) and Alvan Adams (1975-76) were the others.
Despite the performance of their dynamic guard, the Sixers were awful this season. They were 19-73 and tied an NBA record by losing 26 straight games.
“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, a Hamilton, Mass., native, received 104 of a possible 124 first-place votes. The Orlando Magic’s Victor Oladipo finished second, and Trey Burke of the Utah Jazz was third.
Allen Iverson is the only other player in Sixers history to win the award. The 11th overall pick from Syracuse in last year’s draft, Carter-Williams is the first player picked 10th or lower to win since Mark Jackson did it in 1987 for New York.