St. Andrew’s Star Carter-Williams Wins NBA Award
The Philadelphia 76ers' Michael Carter-Williams and the Minnesota
Timberwolves' Kevin Love were today named NBA Eastern and Western
Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Tuesday,
Oct. 29, through Sunday, Nov. 3.
is only the second player (Shaquille O'Neal, 1992) to earn the honor to
begin his rookie season. The 11th overall selection in the 2013 NBA
Draft, Carter-Williams helped guide the Sixers to a 3-0 start, which
included wins over the defending champion Miami Heat and the Chicago
Bulls. In his first three NBA games, Carter-Williams averaged 20.7
points and team highs of 9.0 assists and 4.3 steals. In his NBA debut on
Oct. 30, a 114-110 home win over the Heat, Carter-Williams recorded 22
points, 12 assists, nine steals and seven rebounds. The nine steals were
the most by a rookie in his NBA debut, while the 12 assists represented
the second most for a player in his first NBA game (Buffalo's Ernie
DiGregorio dished 14 assists in his NBA debut in 1973).
Minnesota to a 3-0 mark, the second time in franchise history the
Timberwolves have opened the season with at least three straight wins.
Love paced the team in scoring and rebounding each game, averaging a
league-best 29.7 points and ranking with 4.7 rpg. He had at least 30
points and 15 rebounds twice, giving him 20 such games since entering
the league in 2008-09, second over that span to Dwight Howard (23). In
the team's season opener Oct. 30 — a 120-115 overtime victory against
the Orlando Magic — Love finished with 31 points and 17 rebounds, and
sank the game-tying three-pointer to force overtime.
Here is a recap of the week for Carter-Williams and Love:
Michael Carter-Williams, Philadelphia 76ers
–Oct. 30 vs. Miami: Recorded 22 points, 12 assists, nine steals and seven rebounds in a 114-110 win over the Heat
–Nov. 1 @ Washington: Contributed 14 points, five assists and three boards in a 109-102 victory at Washington.
–Nov. 2 vs. Chicago: Posted a double-double with 26 points and 10 assists in a 107-104 win against the Bulls.