Before we count up those Rookie of the Year ballots, there's one last regular-season honor to bestow: the April Rookies of the Month.
It was the fourth time this season Michael Carter-Williams received the distinction and the third time for Burke. Both players have stood out as rare highlights on teams struggling through their own respective rebuilding processes.
Through eight games in April, Carter-Williams averaged 17.6 points, 7.5 rebounds and 6.4 assists. His production throughout the season has made him the favorite to win ROY honors as well. Philly.com's Michael Kaskey-Blomain makes the case:
Carter-Williams’ season was book-ended by impressive home performances, and while his play in-between was far from perfect, there were a lot of positives, and a whole lot of production.
Carter-Williams leads all rookies in points, rebounds, assists, steals, minutes, and double-doubles. That statistical domination alone deserves the award. Carter-Williams was asked to do more, and was statistically better than all other rookies this season.
Burke hasn't received as many accolades as Carter-Williams, but he's given Utah Jazz fans reason to hope. He was excellent in April, averaging 15.6 points and nine assists, as he continued to establish himself as more than just a shoot-first point guard.
The sky is the limit for both of these youngsters. As they continue to learn the finer points of running an offense, they'll grow into even more well-rounded floor generals.
Carter-Williams is especially intriguing given his threat to get a triple-double on any given night. The lowly Philadelphia 76ers will look to build around him, as they collect and develop young talent in hopes of extricating themselves from the pits of the Eastern Conference standings.
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