The NBA will name Philadelphia 76ers point guard Michael Carter-Williams its 2013/14 Rookie of the Year in the coming days, reports Eliot Shorr-Parks of NJ.com, citing "a league source with knowledge of the voting." Carter-Williams' victory means that Victor Oladipo, the Orlando Magic's own star rookie, came up just short.
Carter-Williams, whom Philly selected 11th overall in the 2013 NBA Draft, averaged 16.7 points, 6.2 rebounds, 6.3 assists, and 1.9 steals per game to lead all rookies in each of those categories. Those excellent counting stats proved more than enough to offset his mediocre shooting, as he converted 40.5 percent of his shots from the floor and 26.4 percent from three-point distance.
Oladipo posted more modest numbers of 13.8 points, 4.1 rebounds, 4.1 assists, and 1.6 steals, though he tops Carter-Williams as a shooter, going 41.9 percent from the floor and 32.7 percent from beyond the arc.
The Rookie of the Year race between Carter-Williams and Oladipo added a bit of excitement to the Magic's season, drawing plenty of attention from Orlando fans. The two rookies put on a show in their head-to-head meetings, the second of which ended with both players' tallying triple-doubles, an NBA first.