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Michael Carter-Williams named KIA NBA Rookie of the year

Yash Matange
2.08K   //    05 May 2014, 19:55 IST

In an official announcement released by the NBA on Monday morning, Michael Carter Williams was awarded the Eddie Gottlieb Trophy as he was named the KIA NBA Rookie of the year for the season 2013-14. He received 104 votes out of a possible 126 from a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters across United States and Canada finishing with 569 total points.

Michael Carter-Williams

He is only the third player after Oscar Robertson (1960-61) and Alvin Adams (1975-76) to lead all rookies in points, rebounds, assists and steals with averages of 16.7 points, 6.3 rebounds, 6.2 assists and 1.86 steals (sixth overall in the NBA). Carter-Williams played two years of college ball for Sycrause University and was selected 11th overall in the 2013 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers.

He won Rookie of the Month honors in four of the six months of the regular season and he also joined Shaquille O’Neal as the only rookies to bag Conference Player of the Week honors. He tallied 17 double-doubles and two triple-doubles this season including a near quadruple double performance in his debut against the Miami Heat in the opening game of this season for the Sixers.

Players were awarded five points for every first place vote, three points for every second place vote and one point for every third place vote. Victor Oladipo of the Orlando Magic Johnson finished second in the voting with 364 points while Trey Burke of the Utah Jazz tallied 96 points to finish third.

Highlights from his near quadruple-double performance against the Miami Heat on debut: