At the Midpoint: Michael Carter-Williams

Getting a taste of NBA play, the former Orange guard has met some adversity, having high and low points. More inside.

While a member of the Syracuse Orange, Michael Carter-Williams advanced with his team to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament in back-to-back seasons, attaining the Final Four last season.

Put simply, he is used to winning.

As a member of the Philadelphia 76ers, he has yet to taste that, losing in all three games so far at NBA Pro Summer League in Orlando, Florida.

Despite the losses, Carter-Williams has shown some positives as far as his fearlessness in attacking the basket as well as his knack for finding his teammates in good positions to score.

But as he moves forward, the Sixers will be looking for a leader and is in the position to be just that if he makes some improvements.

First, he needs to protect the ball better. Carter-Williams has 13 turnovers through three games. His worst match as far as committing turnovers came against the Houston Rockets, where he gave up possession on nine occasions. After ending the contest with the Indiana Pacers without a single turnover, he made four against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Second, Carter-Williams has to knock down his jump shots. In three games, he has gone 1-for-13 from three-point range despite having open looks at times.

Lastly, he must work on staying composed when the game is not going his way. The more frustrated Carter-Williams gets, the more it shows in his play. He forces things, makes fouls. The best way for him to help himself stay away from going farther in a downward spiral is to play as if the game will go back his way. A positive mindset is invaluable in any situation.


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