By the end of last season even point guard Jrue Holiday had to admit that he was a little worn down. The All-Star point guard said he was a victim of his position because he not only had to to find scoring opportunities for himself but also for others.

Then Holiday often had to defend the opposing team’s ball handler which frequently made him the focus of the pick-and-roll. It added up. The physicality of the position and the mental strength it takes to get through a long season took its toll.

If that’s the way it went for a veteran an All-Star point guard moving into his prime athletic years how will it go for Michael Carter-Williams the Sixers’ rookie point guard from Syracuse? At 6-foot-6 and a slight 185 pounds Carter-Williams has the length to be an extraordinary point guard but the size is a bit lacking. Add in the inexperience and playing a demanding position and it could be a tough season for Carter-Williams.

Then again Carter-Williams understands what he's facing; he knows the physical and mental pounding will add up and his goal for the season is to learn as much as he can.

“There are a lot of things to process and a lot of times the coaches are testing me and throwing things at me” Carter-Williams said. “Sometimes I get a little overwhelmed but I just have to step back and take everything in.”

Compounding matters is that the Sixers don’t have a veteran point guard on the roster. There is no Chauncey Billups or Andre Miller-type to guide Carter-Williams through the tough times on the floor and navigate life off the court. Sure the rookie will have a strong support system. The veterans — Spencer Hawes Jason Richardson Evan Turner and Thad Young — aren’t too much older than Carter-Williams. They will be able to relate to the young guy.

Plus new coach Brett Brown was a collegiate point guard at Boston University and worked closely with All-Star point guard Tony Parker as well as the crop of big-time guards the San Antonio Spurs always seemed to find.

If anyone can clue Carter-Williams on what to expect it’s Brown.

“You see very quickly that he is young” Brown said. “He's played a second of NBA physical basketball against men who are better athletes and there is an education coming now.”

Brown said the best teacher Carter-Williams has at this stage is new Sixers guard Tony Wroten who is bigger and slightly more experienced than the rookie. Wroten has the ability to play the point and on the wing and has been matched up against Carter-Williams during practice.

“Tony Wroten is the best development coach that Michael Carter-Williams will have this year because Tony Wroten’s energy pick-up points physicality make it real” Brown said. “It develops Michael in relation to the lay of the land of the NBA. It’s a big-boy stage and there’s a physicality Tony can bring to the table so when we start scrimmaging and there’s either a casual approach or an aloofness or a cruise-type of style Tony tightens it up and makes it real — real quick.”