Breaking Down the Assist King: Syracuse's Michael Carter-Williams

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Breaking Down the Assist King: Syracuse's Michael Carter-Williams
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In 1987-88, a Southern University senior named Avery Johnson -- the same Avery Johnson who was just unceremoniously fired from his job as coach of the Brooklyn Nets -- set the NCAA Division I record for assists per game, at 13.3. That Johnson went undrafted is some indication of how lightly regarded his feat was at the time. The fact that he eventually thrived in the NBA and no one has come close to breaking his NCAA record in the 24 seasons that followed -- well, that should be some indication of how difficult it is to average 13.3 assists per game in college. Carter-Williams is averaging 10.14 this season, and there is no chance he'll surpass Johnson.

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