Final Grade: Michael Carter-Williams

As the 11th pick of this year's NBA Draft, the former Orange point guard has high expectations. See where he stood after getting a few games of experience in Orlando.

Michael Carter-Williams came out of Syracuse with much hype. He was spoken of as a possible draft pick early on in the 2012-13 Syracuse Orange campaign.

After being asked to go from the team's fourth option at guard to its starting point guard, Carter-Williams proved able to make such a substantial leap. He led Syracuse, the Big East Conference, and the country in assists per game for much of his sophomore season.

At the same time, he was stealing away opportunities from his opponents, including at times to overtake his mistakes in games, such as what happened when the Orange faced the Cardinals of Louisville in Kentucky.

In Orlando Pro Summer League, Carter-Williams continued to help on defense and was in the top five in assists per game, with at least seven in each match.

He distributed the ball well, and would have had even more assists if his teammates had finished their opportunities. It was not that Carter-Williams was not finding them, but rather, they were having trouble finding the net.

Carter-Williams continued to show his tenacity and strength to fight through defenders, just as he did while at Syracuse, in attacking the rim as a member of the Philadelphia 76ers at Summer League. He would either finish at the rim or get fouled on the majority of his tries, doing well from the line for the most part.

Where he stands to improve stem from his time with the Orange. Carter-Williams needs to make more shots from away from the basket as his jump-shooting has placed him in long droughts at time. He also needs to condense his turnovers, having had 13 in three Summer League games combined, including one contest where he committed nine.

If he can get better in these areas, continue to have good vision and decision-making on passes, attack the rim with tenacity, and learn how to use his frustration to help not hurt, then Carter-Williams can be of more aid to a Philadelphia team in need of a leader. He finishes Summer League with a B+.


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