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What Ever Happened to Michael Carter-Williams?

Do you know how everyone in Philly talked about trusting the process during the team rebuilding? Well, at one point Michael Carter-Williams was actually the first player who started the process.

In the 2013 draft, the Sixers traded away their All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday for the draft rights to Nerlens Noel, but Noel sat out his first year because of injury. With the 11th pick in that same draft they selected Michael Carter-Williams, not really knowing what to expect — but, Carter Williams instantly impressed them.

In his first-ever NBA game facing the defending champion Miami Heat, he put up 22 points, 7 rebounds, 12 assists, and 9 steals. This was and still is one of the best NBA debuts ever. Although he had his ups and downs during his rookie season, overall he was pretty good and won Rookie of the Year convincingly. Around this time the whole trust the process thing really started to become mainstream and everyone believed that Michael Carter-Williams was going to be the face of the Sixers rebuild — well, everyone except the Sixers.

Originally Carter Williams was supposed to be the replacement for Jrue Holiday and after his rookie season, it looked like he had the potential to become even better. However, the Sixers' front office never believed that, and to be honest, they were right. His rookie season was basically the perfect example of a player putting up empty stats on a terrible team. If you just look at his raw numbers, they looked good — 17 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 steals a game. But if you dig deeper, you see how inefficient he was, his turnovers, not being able to stay in front of anyone on defense and his negative plus/minus.

A lot of people today are asking what in the world happened to him? He put up great numbers in his rookie season and just got worse after that. The truth is Carter Williams never was that good, to begin with. He was put in a situation where he had the ball in his hands a lot, so his numbers will naturally look inflated, but everything else about his game did not help his team win.

In fact, his play style and skill set is something that the majority of teams do not even want in a point guard and out of all qualified players who attempted at least 15 shots a game in the 2013 to 14 season, he had the second-lowest true shooting percentage in the entire league. The only player who was less efficient as scoring than he was, was Josh Smith when he was in Detroit — not a great company to be with.

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The Sixers wanted to tank and lose games anyway because you know it was just the beginning of the whole process, so they basically let Carter Williams chuck up as many shots as he wanted to until they finally got rid of him. In the 2014 to 15 season at the trade deadline, the Sixers traded him away for a future first-round pick because they figured that he was not going to be their future point guard.

Carter Williams landed in Milwaukee where he was thrown into the starting lineup and given the chance to prove himself again. This was actually a decent situation for him because Jason Kidd who was a new coach at the time liked the idea of having a bunch of long athletic guys on the perimeter who can switch everything on defense. He actually had a good rest of the season with the Bucks as their starting point guard and helped them make the playoffs in 2015.

At that time, he was still seen as a project and someone who has shown that he could get better, but the 2015-16 season came and some unfortunate events stopped him from really breaking out. He was playing well in the beginning, but then got injured and when he got back he started playing poorly again, which led to him losing the starting spot. Throughout the season he was very inconsistent and the Bucks were struggling to stay in the playoff race. Later on in March he suffered a hip injury and sat out for the rest of the season. At this point, the Bucks basically gave up on him.

At the beginning of the 2016-17 season, the Bucks traded him to the Bulls for Tony Snell. Snell would play really, really well in Milwaukee. He was a good fit next to Giannis but as for Carter Williams, he, unfortunately, suffered a knee injury early on in the season and when he got back, he didn't get any minutes. He was inconsistent and barely played in the playoffs too, so that ended his unspectacular run with the Bulls.

In the offseason, he signed with the Charlotte Hornets, and currently, it looks like his NBA career is on the verge of ending. Once again he's not playing much and when he is on the floor he's not good at all. His shooting percentage is ridiculously low and it doesn't look like he is going to get better. That essentially, what happened to Michael Carter-Williams.

A lot of people look back at his rookie season and wonder how he fell off, but the truth is — he never was that good to start with. In Philly, he was the definition of an empty stats on a bad team kind of guy, and in the following years, the other teams he's played for came to that realization as well.

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