Sixers Notes: Carter-Williams picked for Rising Stars game

Sixers' Michael Carter-Williams gets fouled by Raptors' John Salmons during the fourth quarter.
Sixers' Michael Carter-Williams gets fouled by Raptors' John Salmons during the fourth quarter. (STEVEN M. FALK / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER)
Posted: January 31, 2014

BOSTON - No surprise here.

76ers point guard Michael Carter-Williams was selected Wednesday to participate in the 2014 Rising Stars Challenge. The game features a mixture of the NBA's top rookies and second-year players. It will be played Feb. 14 during All-Star Game weekend in New Orleans.

Carter-Williams led all rookies in scoring (17.3 points per game), assists (6.5), rebounds (5.7), and steals (2.45) heading into Wednesday's game against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. The 6-foot-6 guard is the leading candidate to be rookie of the year.

"I think his numbers confirm he's special," coach Brett Brown said.

One could argue that Tony Wroten also deserves to play in the game. The Sixers' sixth man was averaging 12.9 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 3.2 assists entering Wednesday's game. The second-year player made his first career start against Houston on Nov. 13. He finished with 18 points, 11 assists, and 10 rebounds to become the first player to record a triple-double in his first start, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Wroten was asked why he thought he didn't make it.

"I don't know. Politics," Wroten said.

South Philly native Dion Waiters, a second-year guard with the Cleveland Cavaliers, will play in the game. Carter-Williams and Waiters were teammates at Syracuse.

A basketball family

It could be argued that some old-school Maine residents refer to Brown as the son of a legendary basketball coach - not the Sixers coach.

His father, Bob Brown, is a New England Hall of Famer who racked up 618 victories combined on the high school and college levels.

Brett was asked after Wednesday's shootaround to think of a point when he knew basketball meant something to his family.

"Yeah, when my father would lose a game and come home and flip a card table," the Sixers coach said with a laugh. ". . . Nobody would say anything at dinner for a while. We knew from the get-go. My dad is extremely competitive, and so am I."

That's why Brett said he feels sorry for his mother, Bonny.

He recalled many dinners being ruined when he was a starting point guard for his father at South Portland High.

"All bets were off at the dinner table," Brown said. "I could do, 'Yes, Coach. No, Coach.' I could do that role on the court. But I could come back to the dinner table and say, 'I don't agree with that at all. I think we should be doing this.' And at that point, all bets were off."

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