Michael Carter-Williams is the cornerstone of the Sixers' roster as they continue to rebuild. Credit: Getty Images
There really wasn't any doubt.
But now it is official, Sixers guard Michael Carter-Williams is the second 76ers to win the Rookie of the Year award. The first was Allen Iverson in 1996-97.
"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 2013-14 NBA Rookie of the Year award," Sixers Managing Owner Josh Harris said. "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 was the 11th overall pick, making him the first double-digit draft choice to win hardware since Mark Jackson in 1987.
Carter-Williams averaged 16.7 points, 6.3 assists (tied for 11th in NBA), 6.2 rebounds and 1.86 steals (sixth in NBA) over the span of the regular season. He was just the third player dating back to 1950-51 to lead rookies in points per game, rebounds per game and assists per game, joining Oscar Robertson and Alvan Adams. Carter-Williams joined Robertson and Magic Johnson as the only players to average at least 16.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists in their rookie season.
The guard from Syracuse has been well-recognized this season having been named Kia Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for the combined months of October and November, as well as January, March and April.