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The future was bright for Iverson.
Allen Iverson is one of the greatest players in NBA history. This statement clearly translates to his years in Philadelphia, and he wasted no time in getting his career off to big start.
Iverson averaged 23.5 points, 7.5 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 2.1 steals in 40.1 minutes per game. It doesn't take long to see that his numbers are actually pretty similar to Carter-Williams'.
Iverson clearly put up a lot more points, but Carter-Williams has the edge on him in most of the other statistical categories, including turnovers, where The Answer averaged 4.4 in his rookie year. If this is the case, then what's the difference between their rookie runs?
Better yet, which season is better?
On paper they are pretty similar, but the actual game says differently. Both players are and were incredibly dynamic. Iverson brought amazing speed and a ridiculous crossover to the league, and Carter-Williams brings great length and size to the point guard position.
The difference is in durability and toughness.
Iverson might have constantly played the game with some kind of injury, but he stayed on the court. Being hurt rarely kept him away from the floor, and that held true during the 1996-97 season where he played in 76 of the Sixers’ 82 games. If Carter-Williams didn't miss another game for the rest of the season, then he would only have played in 71 of Philadelphia's games.
It's pretty fitting that this battle comes down to toughness. You obviously can't help when you get hurt or injured, but there was no denying Iverson's toughness, and it began from his first year in the NBA.