Brown has turned Michael Carter-Williams into an NBA threat
Brett Brown hasn't gotten the opportunity to work with too much talent, but he's certainly made the most out of what he has.
There was a reason Michael Carter-Williams fell to the Sixers with the No. 11 pick in the 2013 NBA draft. It was because he didn't do the best job of showing how versatile and talented he truly was while playing at Syracuse University. Now, some of that could have been on both him and the team's system, but he didn't display talent worthy of being a top-three draft pick.
That No. 11 pick has now gone on to lead all rookies in points, assists, rebounds and steals.
Leading a statistical category doesn't mean Carter-Williams is done growing as player, though, and nobody knows it better than Brown. Here's what he told Dei Lynam of CSNPhilly.com in regard to Carter-Williams and his defense:
The deal is you are going to guard. And you are going to keep the game in front of you, and if you don’t then we don’t have much.
There has to be an accountability and a direct approach with all our players. I’m coaching them. I love coaching them and we will bounce back and do it again in the morning.
Brown understands how successful Carter-Williams' rookie campaign has been, but he's challenging him to do more—more of what will be important when the time comes for the Sixers to have a good team.
His development of Carter-Williams is only one example. There are a number of Philadelphia players who wouldn't even have spots on other NBA teams. Still, though, Brown is working with them and doing his best to get the most out of them.
That has to be applauded.