Carter-Williams puts dazzling debut behind him

The 76ers' Michael Carter-Williams dunks over Miami's LeBron James. Carter-Williams had 22 points and 12 assists in the Sixers' 114-110 upset Wednesday. RON CORTES / Staff
The 76ers' Michael Carter-Williams dunks over Miami's LeBron James. Carter-Williams had 22 points and 12 assists in the Sixers' 114-110 upset Wednesday. RON CORTES / Staff
Posted: November 02, 2013

You'd think Michael Carter-Williams would be a little boisterous after dominating the Miami Heat on Wednesday night. But less than 12 hours later, the 76ers' rookie point guard was back to his unassuming and aloof self.

"You know, our focus is on Washington, now," he said after Thursday's practice at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. "We go there today and we play there [Friday]. So my mind and focus now is on Washington."

Still, no one would criticize him if he gloated about his performance in the opener. It was one of the better debuts in Sixers history.

The 6-foot-6, 185-pounder made 4 of 6 three-pointers to finish with 22 points. He also finished with 12 assists, nine steals, seven rebounds, and just one turnover in 36 minutes, 11 seconds. Carter-Williams' nine steals were an NBA record for rookies in their first game.

After the game, Hall of Famer Magic Johnson tweeted: "Just got done watching the guy I think will be the Rookie of The Year, Michael Carter-Williams of the 76ers."

"I have a lot of respect for Magic for what he did for the game," Carter-Williams said. "As a kid, you look up to a guy like him. So it's a big compliment."

But for the moment, he said, all of his attention is on Washington point guard John Wall and the rest of the Wizards (0-1).

"I had a great game," Carter-Williams said. "It was a lot of fun with the guys. But it's still 81 more games left to play. You still have to be focused."

A bad performance by Carter-Williams at the Verizon Center could lead to two things: The Sixers would have a tough time winning and it would also wipe out some of the hype he created for himself.

"It's all about being consistent," he said. "I can't go one day and do really well and have a lot of really bad games. So it's about being consistent and staying within my game."

Although he is serviceable, Miami point guard Mario Chalmers doesn't have Wall's pedigree.

Wall was the first overall pick in the 2010 draft. He averaged 18.5 points, 7.6 assists, and 4.0 rebounds last season. Wall had 20 points, 11 assists, and three steals to go with four turnovers in Wednesday's 113-102 setback to the Detroit Pistons.

Still developing

Sixers coach Brett Brown was asked if there was anything he saw Wednesday that his team needs to work on.

"Oh, man," he said. "How long a list do you want to see?

"You know, I'm serious. It goes and goes and goes."

The Sixers have vanilla offensive and defensive packages. Brown has decided to keep things simple in his first year with the Sixers.

"We are not going to get into chocolates or other flavors now," he said. "We are going to stay vanilla and make vanilla great."


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