Michael Carter-Williams Heading To The Bulls. Remember How Great His Rookie Season Was?
The 2014 Rookie of the Year, Bucks guard Michael Carter-Williams, is reportedly heading to Chicago in a trade for Tony Snell.
No offense to Snell and his averages of 5 points, 3 rebounds and 1 assists but MCW was making NBA history just two years ago: He flirted with a quadruple double (22 pts, 12 asts, 7 rebs, NBA record 9 stls) in his first NBA game and became the first player since Shaquille O’Neal to win NBA player of the week in his first week in the league. After his 2nd triple-double, he became the first 76ers rookie (meaning Allen Iverson didn’t do it) to record two triple doubles in a season. After winning rookie of the month 4 times and leading all rooks in points (16.7), rebounds (6.2), assists (6.3) and steals (1.8), he won the rookie of the year by a landslide (104 votes compared to Oladipo’s 16). The 16/6/6 average also put him in a prestigious class with Magic Johnson and Oscar Robertson as the only rookies to average those numbers during their rookie campaign.
If all of that wasn’t impressive enough, he became the first rookie since Mark Jackson in 1987 to win the award and not be a top 10 draft pick.
His second season was a little less buzz worthy despite stat stuffing triple-doubles here and there. Then in a major trade deadline move, the 76ers sent him to the Bucks, where he showed flashes of brilliance and had a few hot streaks but couldn’t stick as a starter.
“He’s been great,” Bucks Coach Jason Kidd said about MCW’s time in Milwaukee. “We’ve asked him to do a lot of different things. He started for us. We’ve asked him to come off the bench. He’s one of the better defenders in this league. He’s a team guy. He’s about winning.”
Considering the Bulls have Rajon Rondo, MCW will have to come off the bench in Chicago too. The question is, how much will he play and contribute with Dwyane Wade, Isaiah Canaan, Jerian Grant and Spencer Dinwiddie on the roster?