No player has been more of a pleasant surprise than rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams.
Carter-Williams took over against the Chicago Bulls, posting 26 points, 10 assists, four rebounds and three steals en route to a 107-104 win. It’s also worth noting that defended league MVP Derrick Rose and forced him to shoot 4-of-14 from the field with eight turnovers.
As for the historical importance of MCW’s performance, he’s now the second player in the last 25 seasons to register at least 20 points and 10 assists in at least two of his first three games. The other was Damon Stoudamire in 1995-96.
Stoudamire went on to win the 1996 Rookie of the Year award. Carter-Williams has the look of a player who could do the same in 2013-14.