Carter-Williams is the second Orange man to win the award following in the footsteps of Derrick Coleman, who was honored after the 1990-91 season. The 11th pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, Carter-Williams is also the lowest pick to be recognized as the Rookie of the Year since Mark Jackson was taken 18th in the 1987-88 campaign and received the award.
The four-time NBA Rookie of the Month, Carter-Williams became just the third rookie since 1950-51 to lead all first-years in scoring, rebounding and assists. He joined Oscar Robertson and Alvan Adams as the only other players to accomplish the feat after averaging 16.7 points, 6.3 assists and 6.2 rebounds. Carter-Williams, who led all rookies in steals at 1.86 per game, is also one of just three first-years to average at least 16.0 point, 6.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists. The other two were Robertson and Magic Johnson.
Carter-Williams busted onto the scene earning becoming just the second player in NBA history to earn NBA Eastern Conference Player of the Week honors in the first week. During the course of the season, Carter-Williams posted 17 double-doubles, with two of them going for triple-doubles.