"Just being basketball players, he came to me as a veteran and just talked to me a little about how to change things and change a program. Just a whole bunch of stuff."
Durant recalled his rookie season in October before the Thunder beat the Sixers in a preseason game in Manchester, England.
"It was tough for me, especially coming in as a young player," Durant said. "I thought I was going to play with Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis when they were all-stars every year."
But the Sonics traded Allen and Glen Davis to the Boston Celtics for Jeff Green, Wally Szczerbiak, and Delonte West after drafting Durant. They also dealt Lewis to the Orlando Magic.
"Every game it was tough knowing that it was going to be hard for us to win," Durant said. "But what we did was come in and work hard every day and know that it was going to be a process and maybe a tough year."
Durant has been sharing his story with Carter-Williams while other veterans have contacted rookie center Nerlens Noel throughout the season. Noel has yet to play as he recovers from offseason knee surgery.
"I can tell you personally that the respect I have [for] Kevin Durant - that is one complete person, a fantastic player, a fantastic ambassador, a good human being," Sixers coach Brett Brown said. "I personally appreciate him reaching out to Michael and helping him."
So what's Durant's best advice for the Sixers?
"You just have to keep pushing through it," he said in October.
Noel participated in some of the Sixers' half-court drills during Tuesday's practice.
"He's far off," Brown said. "Physically, he's moving forward. From many, many other levels, he's a ways away."