Sixers guard Carter-Williams named Rookie of the Year

Posted at 05/06/14 10:03 AM

Philadelphia 76'ers Michael Carter-Williams (R) is guarded by Chicago Bulls Derrick Rose during the first quarter of their NBA game in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in this file photo taken November 2, 2013. Photo by Howard Smith, USA TODAY Sports/Reuters.

NEW YORK - Michael Carter-Williams, the Philadelphia 76ers point guard who led all league newcomers in points, rebounds and assists, was named the 2014 NBA Rookie of the Year on Monday.

Carter-Williams, only the third first-year player since 1951 to lead all rookies in those three statistical categories, averaged 16.7 points, 6.3 assists and 6.2 rebounds this season.

He joined Oscar Robertson from 1961 and Alvan Adams in 1976 as the only players since 1950 to achieve the feat.

Carter-Williams joined Robertson and Magic Johnson as the only rookies in NBA history to average at least 16.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists.

The American, who also led all NBA rookies with 1.86 steals a game to rank sixth overall in the league, received 104 of 124 possible first-place votes and 569 points overall from a North American media panel.

Orlando's Victor Oladipo, a US guard whose mother is Nigerian and whose father is from Sierra Leone, was second with 364 points, and Utah's Trey Burke was third with 96 points.

Carter-Williams, selected 11th overall by the 76ers in last year's NBA Draft, was named the NBA Eastern Conference Player of the Week for the opening week of the 2013-2014 season, the first rookie to claim such an award in his first week in the league since Shaquille O'Neal in 1992.

Carter-Williams was the first Philadelphia player to be named the NBA Rookie of the Year since Allen Iverson in 1997 and only the second 76er so honored since legend Wilt Chamberlain in 1960.

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