Michael Carter-Williams has been a focal point regarding the future of the Philadelphia 76ers. He is young and fast, but is he fragile?
The rookie missed four games early this year due to a bruised arch in his left foot and now will miss a fourth consecutive game as he recovers from a right knee infection. Coach Brett Brown said the rookie standout, who is averaging 17.7 points and 7.3 assists per game, will not play Wednesday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves and that there is no date for his return.
Carter-Williams was at Syracuse University for two years, but only played one season.
His body weight may become an issue. The rookie stands at 6-foot-4, but is only 185 pounds. With rest and some weight training he could easily develop into one of the biggest point guard threats in the NBA.
Carter-Williams spent Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at University of Pennsylvania hospital because of the ailment. The 22-year-old rookie is on antibiotics and is waiting for the soreness to go away before he takes the court.
“I do play through a lot of pain. But the smart thing to do is to get the OK from everybody first until I play,” said Carter-Williams.
MCW probably suffered the injury against the Detroit Pistons on Dec. 1 at the Palace of Auburn Hills, a game he remained in. Two nights later, he recorded a triple-double against the Orlando Magic at the Wells Fargo Center.
He is certainly tough, but it is safe to say he seems to have some bad luck. With the NBA loaded with size, it would be nice to see him add on some weight, but don’t let Brett Brown know that. Conditioning has been an important focus for Brown. Brown has put in a lot of effort to keep his young team quick and light.
James Anderson is down 11 pounds and almost 3 percent body fat, Evan Turner is down 9 pounds and almost 2.5 percent body fat, and Jason Richardson is down 11 pounds. Weight loss is a good thing for the team overall, but not for MCW. He needs to bulk up a little bit and prepare to play with the big boys of the league.
On a side note, MCW is transitioning from an unpaid college-athlete to a multimillionaire. From a college-athlete perspective it is seems easy to have spending desires, but for MCW that is nearly impossible. The rookie’s salary is stashed away in a trust fund he cannot use for three years at the behest of his mother.
His contract guarantees him $4.5 million over his first two seasons. He could make a total of $10 million if the Sixers pick up the final two seasons of his contract. Carter-Williams is living off endorsement deals with Nike and Panini trading cards.
MCW is only beginning to develop. Luckily for him though he is under the wing of debatably the best player development coach around.
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