22 points, 12 assists, nine steals and seven rebounds. That is the incredible stat line for Michael Carter-Williams in his first official NBA game against the Miami Heat on Wednesday night.
It was arguably the greatest debut performance in league history. Carter-Williams also set a record along the way, when he took the record for most steals in a debut game.
During the 114-110 win at Wells Fargo Center, the official Twitter account of the 76ers tweeted :"Give @MCW1 the @NBA record for most steals in a debut game! He has 8 to go along with 19 points, 9 assists, and 4 boards."
Carter-Williams' first shot in the NBA came in the first thirty seconds in the game. He took the ball after a Heat turnover, ran it down and dunked it home. His second basket was a three-pointer and from then on he just got hot. He hit 6-10 from the field and 4-6 from the three-point line.
The 76ers were able to draft the young point guard with pick number 11 in the summer and if he continues this good form they will consider that a steal.
However, just because Carter-Williams had a great first game. it doesn't necessarily mean that he is going to become a great player.
The Sixers might have beaten the Heat but if they think that no more hard work is needed and that Carter-Williams will take them into the playoffs, then they're going to get a real reality check when they come up against the Washington Wizards.
Carter-Williams had a great game and showed he is NBA ready, but a lot of hard work is required if he wants to win the Rookie of the Year award and be the best he can be.
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