NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Syracuse PG Michael Carter-Williams
|06.18.13 at 1:34 pm ET|
As part of WEEI.com’s coverage of the 2013 NBA draft, here is one in a series of profiles of players who could be available to the Celtics when they make their lone selection at No. 16.
Position: Point guard
Weight: 185 pounds
Achievements: All-Big East second team (2013), AP All-America honorable mention (2013), Bob Cousy Award finalist as nation’s top point guard (2013), Gatorade Rhode Island High School Player of the Year (2011, 2010)
Key 2012-13 stats: 11.9 points, 7.3 assists, 4.9 rebound, 2.8 steals
What he brings: Carter-Williams is agile and can get around despite his larger-than-normal size for a point guard, and his height facilitates his ability to find teammates anywhere on the court. He can make both basic and fancy passes depending on the situation.
He isn’t the greatest shooter, connecting on 29.2 percent of attempts from beyond the parabola, and could stand to get a little stronger, but his creativity and selflessness make him strong at the point.
Notes: Carter-Williams played just 10 minutes per game as a freshman before commandeering the Orange offense and playing more than 35 minutes per game in 2012-13. … He is from Hamilton — about 45 minutes north of Boston — and attended Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School for a year before transferring to St. Andrew’s School in Barrington, R.I. … Carter-Williams made local news when his family’s house burned down while Syracuse was playing California in the third round of the NCAA tournament March 23. … In December, he reportedly was caught shoplifting before settling with issue privately with Lord & Taylor for $500.
Video: Here are some highlights from Carter-Williams’ sophomore season at Syracuse.