Michael Carter-Williams Picked by 76ers: Scouting Report and Analysis

Daniel O'Brien@@DanielO_BRFeatured ColumnistJune 28, 2013

Mar 15, 2013; New York, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange guard Michael Carter-Williams (1) controls the ball against Georgetown Hoyas guard Markel Starks (5) during the first half of a semifinal game of the Big East tournament at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
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With the No. 11 pick of the 2013 NBA draft, the Philadelphia 76ers selected Michael Carter-Williams from Syracuse University.

Here's everything you need to know about Carter-Williams:

 

Physical Tools 

Here's how Bleacher Report NBA Draft Lead Writer Jonathan Wasserman breaks down Carter-Williams' physical attributes:

Carter-Williams has unique physical tools for his position, giving him an advantage on both sides of the ball. At around 6'6'', he usually has three or four inches on his man. With this type of size, he's able to see over the defense and make plays around it.

But Carter-Williams is also a smooth athlete with serious hops. He does lack bulk and muscle, which will make it tougher for him to finish at the rim at the next level, but his touch and length help neutralize his limited strength.

 

Getting to Know Michael Carter-Williams  

Carter-Williams has a laid-back personality off the court, as you can see in this video. But don't let him fool you: He's a competitor who takes the game personally, and he doesn't lack for effort in any aspect—including rebounding and loose balls.

 

NBA Player Comparison 

In both stature and skill, Carter-Williams has similarities to Shaun Livingston, and he could develop into a more explosive, dynamic and productive version of him.

In a worst-case scenario, MCW would look more like the Livingston who struggled to create at a high level and failed to put pressure on opposing defenses.

 

Pro Predictions 

Carter-Williams is the type of guard whose length and agility translate well to the pros, so he will be an effective rotational player to start his career. He needs to work on his outside shooting consistency and penetration decision-making—areas which will evolve in time.

As he grows more comfortable playing man-to-man defense and running an NBA-style offense, he'll become a more valuable floor general and team leader.

While he doesn't automatically project to be a superstar, he will definitely be an above-average quarterback with a chance to expand his game and become a star. Expect him to eventually dish seven-plus assists per game while being one of the best defensive point guards in the league.

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