Michael Carter-Williams Named NBA Rookie of the Year

Michael Carter-Williams Named NBA Rookie of the Year

Michael Carter-Williams Named NBA Rookie of the Year (2)

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The lone bright spot in the Philadelphia 76ers’ season was the play of rookie guard Michael Carter-Williams, who was officially named NBA Rookie of the Year earlier today.

Carter-Williams averaged 16.7 points, 6.3 assists and 6.2 rebounds,joining Oscar Robertson (1960-61) and Alvan Adams (1975-76) as the only players since 1950-51 to lead all rookies in those three categories. He also 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. Carter-Williams also led all rookies in steals (1.86 spg, sixth in NBA).

Philadelphia’s 11th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played October 29 – November 3, joining Shaquille O’Neal as the only rookies in NBA history to be named Player of the Week to begin their careers. Carter Williams won Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month in October, November, January, March and April. On the season, he recorded 17 double-doubles and two triple-doubles.

Carter-Williams spent his historic rookie campaign playing in the Nike Zoom HyperRev, available in a variety of colorways at Eastbay.

Michael Carter-Williams Named NBA Rookie of the Year

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Behind the Scenes with Andre Iguodala

Basketball’s Rising Star Andre Iguodala

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Since entering the league in 2004, guard-forward Andre Iguodala has been a solid player for the Philadelphia 76ers. As the franchise player in Philly, he has led the 76ers in scoring each of the last four years. At 6-feet 6-inches, 207 pounds with amazing athletic ability, Iguodala can jump out of the gym. His athletic ability along with his versatility and leadership have made Andre a rising star in the NBA.

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At just 26 years old, Andre has earned some nice accolades in his basketball career. In 2003-2004 while in his sophomore year at the University of Arizona under Coach Lute Olson, Dre averaged 12.9 points, 8.4 boards and 4.9 assists per game. After that season with the Wildcats, Iguodala decided to turn pro, declaring for the 2004 NBA Draft.

Selected ninth overall in the first round of the 2004 NBA Draft by the 76ers, Iguodala was quick to make an impact. After logging a bunch of minutes and being extremely efficient in his first season, he was selected to the 2005 NBA All-Rookie Team, along with Ben Gordon, Emeka Okafor, Luol Deng and Dwight Howard. The following year at the 2006 All-Star Weekend break in Houston, Andre dominated the Rookie-Sophomore game with 30 points. He was named the MVP of that game, leading the Sophomores to a 106-96 victory in the Toyota Center. He also participated in the 2006 NBA Slam Dunk Competition, where he had some unbelievable dunks. Check out the video below. For Iguodala’s dunks, check out the eight-second mark, at 56 seconds, 1:38, 2:37 and 3:34. It was a controversial ending, but most feel like Iguodala should have won.

After averaging a career high 19.9 points per game in the 2007-2008 season, Andre signed a six-year, $80 million deal with Sixers in August of 2008, ensuring his future in Philadelphia. It showed that the 76ers were committed to building around their exciting franchise player.

Iguodala’s game on the court includes some solid defense and crowd-pleasing acrobatic dunks, but possibly the best thing about him is his ability to stay healthy. In his six seasons in the NBA, he’s only missed six games. He has also played an average of 38 minutes per game in his career, which just shows how consistent he is. Playing a strenuous 82-game season can be tough, but Andre clearly keeps himself in tip-top shape.

Last year Andre led the Sixers with 17.1 points per game and had career highs in rebounds (6.5) and assists (5.8) per game. He was chosen to play on Team USA by Coach K as the squad prepares for the 2012 Olympic Games. At the World Basketball Festival in New York City back in August, Andre won MVP honors at the Radio City Music Hall scrimmage. He is able to flourish on Team USA as he is surrounded by fellow NBA players Kevin Durant, Derrick Rose and Lamar Odom among others. In fact Iguodala and the USA team just beat Turkey to win the FIBA World Championships, which qualifies them for the 2012 games in London.

From an NBA standpoint, Dre welcomes new coach Doug Collins to the 76ers along with the exciting rookie Evan Turner. Turner was picked number two overall by Philadelphia in this past draft in June. The team is hoping Elton Brand can come back healthy, while there are a bunch of bright spots on the roster, including, Jrue Holiday, Jodie Meeks and Thaddeus Young to go with Lou Williams, who averaged 14 a game last year. With a bunch of USA Basketball experience under his belt, it seems that Dre will bring some new insight and knowledge back to the 76ers. Hopefully he can translate everything he has learned from some great basketball talents in order to re-energize the franchise in Philly.

Most people would say Andre Iguodala is already a basketball star, but his work ethic, mental toughness, immense talent and leadership qualities show that he is still on the rise. With the NBA season about a month away, Andre is preparing for another successful year. Look for big things from Andre this year and the rest of his career.

To keep up with Andre check out the links below.

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Official Website of Andre Iguodala

Behind the Scenes with Andre Iguodala

NBA: Wizards Win NBA Draft Lottery

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As NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver revealed the card that named the Washington Wizards as the winners of the 2010 NBA Draft lottery, Irene Pollin stood in awe and simply said, “Oh my God.” Irene is the widow of the late long time Wizards owner Abe Pollin, and wore his 1978 NBA Championship ring for good luck. “This is wonderful. My husband never took this ring off his finger,” said Irene. Irene hopes the good fortune of that championship ring will help the Wizards find their way to another.

This season was certainly a trying time for the Wizards franchise. Guards Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton were both suspended for the season after a locker room altercation that involved firearms. Following that incident, the Wizards parted ways with core players Antawn Jamison and Caron Butler in trades that were more about dropping salary than they were bringing in new talent. The Wizards finished the season 26-56, and were unclear in their plans moving forward. That all changed with the luck of the ping-pong ball on Tuesday night.

The Wizards had just a 10.3 percent change of coming out of the lottery victorious. They, and the Philadelphia 76ers, leapfrogged into the top 3 when the Minnesota Timberwolves, Sacramento Kings, and Golden State Warriors all tumbled down the list. The Sixers, who were represented by guard Jrue Holiday, brought one of the hockey sticks that was used in the Philadelphia Flyers’ 0-3 series comeback against the Boston Bruins. The magic must have worked, as the Sixers only possessed a 6.03 chance of winning the lottery. Perhaps the biggest loser in the lottery were the New Jersey Nets, who finished with the league’s worst record and only came out with the third overall pick to show for it.

The presumed prize of the lottery is standout Kentucky freshman John Wall. Wall is the third straight John Calipari starting point guard projected to be selected toward the top of the NBA draft. The last two NBA Rookie of the Year award winners, Derrick Rose and Tyreke Evans, also played under Calipari. The other coveted player in this year’s rookie class is National Player of the Year, Evan Turner. Turner, a guard out of Ohio State, lead the Big Ten in scoring and finished second in rebounds and assists. He’s expected to go to Philadelphia with the second overall pick. However, there’s still a little over a month until the draft, and plans always change.

You can watch the 2010 NBA Draft on June 24th at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN.

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