PHILADELPHIA — Michael Carter-Williams has something to show for being a bright spot in a dismal season for the Philadelphia 76ers.
Carter-Williams won the NBA’s Rookie of the Year Award on Monday after becoming only the third player since 1950-51 to lead all rookies in scoring (16.7), rebounding (6.3) and assists (6.2). Oscar Robertson (1960-61) and Alvan Adams (1975-76) were the others.
Despite the performance of their dynamic guard, the Sixers were awful this season.
They were 19-73 and tied an NBA record by losing 26 consecutive games.
“I’d definitely trade this award to be in the playoffs in a second,” Carter-Williams said. “Coaches tell me to watch the playoffs to look at how different the game is and I do see it. It’s a whole different season. This game is about winning.”
Carter-Williams received 104 of a possible 124 first-place votes. The Orlando Magic’s Victor Oladipo finished second and Trey Burke of the Utah Jazz was third.
RAPTORS: Still stinging from the heartbreaking end of Toronto’s playoff run, Kyle Lowry wasn’t quite ready to decide his future Monday. Even if that’s all anyone else wanted to talk about.
Lowry had a chance to get the Raptors into the second round when he got the ball with just over six seconds remaining in Sunday’s Game 7 against the Nets. Instead, his last-second shot was blocked by Brooklyn’s Paul Pierce, handing Toronto a 104-103 loss and leaving Lowry to contemplate free agency.
“It felt like the longest 6.2 seconds of my life but the fastest 6.2 seconds ever,” Lowry said of the pivotal play.
Pressed on whether he’s leaning toward a return to the Raptors or testing the open market, the veteran point guard said it was still too soon to say.
“I have to sit down and look at everything, weigh the options and do what’s best for myself and my family,” Lowry said. “It’s still too early, I’m still in Game 7 mode. It’s still early for me to think about those things.”
MVP RACE: LeBron James, of the Miami Heat, says Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant would be a deserving winner of the NBA MVP award.
It’s expected that Durant will be announced as this season’s MVP later this week. James has lauded Durant’s play this season several times in recent weeks, doing so again Monday.
James says: “Much respect to him and he deserves it. He had a big-time MVP season.”