Philadelphia 76ers point guard Michael Carter-Williams was named the NBA's 2014 Rookie of the Year on May 5.
Philadelphia 76ers point guard Michael Carter-Williams was named the 2013-14 NBA Rookie of the Year on May 5.
The Sixers issued a press release on Carter-Williams' accolade on their official website:
"The Philadelphia 76ers today announced that Michael Carter-Williams has been named Kia NBA Rookie of the Year. He joins Allen Iverson (1996-97) as the only players to win the award in franchise history.
"Carter-Williams earned 104 of a possible 124 first-place votes from a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters selected by the NBA.
"'Michael made an immediate impact on the court this season, but his dedication, professionalism and contributions to both the organization and the Philadelphia community make him all the more deserving of this 2013-14 NBA Rookie of the Year Award,' said Sixers managing owner Josh Harris.
"'This is an incredibly proud moment for the 76ers and one we are thrilled to share with him, the city and our fans.
"'Michael performed and represented the Sixers organization the past season in a manner befitting of the 2013-14 NBA Rookie of the Year,' said co-managing owner David Blitzer.
"'He never stopped working -- from the moment he burst onto the national scene in our home opener through the final horn at last game of the season -- and we are proud to congratulate him on this well-deserved award.'"
Sixers president of basketball operations and general manager Sam Hinkie also lauded Carter-Williams' achievement, per the same update.
"By opening night, it was clear to us all that Michael belonged. This award marks a lifetime of hard work, from Hamilton to St. Andrew's, and Syracuse to the Sixers.'
"'We congratulate him on this unique achievement and look forward to helping him put in the necessary work to garner even greater success in the future."
According to The Philadelphia Inquirer's Keith Pompey, Carter-Williams' closest pursuers were the Orlando Magic's Victor Oladipo (16 first-place votes, 364 points) and the Utah Jazz's Trey Burke (one first-place vote, 96 points).
With the feat, Carter-Williams joins some elite company, per Pompey.
He, along with Oscar Robertson and Earvin "Magic" Johnson, are the only rookies in NBA history to average at least 16.0 points, six rebounds and six assists in a season.
Carter-Williams averaged 16.7 points, 6.2 rebounds and 6.3 assists in 2013-14, according to ESPN stats.
He told The Philadelphia Inquirer he felt honored to be mentioned together with the two legends. He also gave credit to his head coach, Brett Brown.
"Oscar and Magic did it at such a high level. If I could even come close to their footsteps, that would be an honor.
"He's (Brown) been unbelievable for me. I'm not a person that really trusts a lot of people. My circle is really close, especially when it comes to basketball...
"I have a lot of trust in Coach just from going through this whole year, him really being on my back about every little thing, on the court and off the court.
"I really look up to him and appreciate what he does every single day."
Carter-Williams showed no sign of nerves in his very first pro game, tallying 22 points, 12 rebounds and nine steals to lead the Sixers past the defending champions Miami Heat, per ESPN.
The 22-year-old guard is also just the second rookie to be named Eastern Conference Player of the Week in his first week as a professional, ESPN adds. Then-Orlando Magic center Shaquille O'Neal was the first to be bestowed the honor in 1992.
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