Some steps are bigger than others. We’d all do well to look at the calendar and remind ourselves that it’s July. Meaningful basketball doesn’t happen in July, and it certainly doesn’t happen in Orlando at the Magic practice facility. That’s a longer way of saying it will be a while before anyone really knows what the Sixers have in Michael Carter-Williams. But. But we’ve gotten a look at Carter-Williams this week. (The Sixers have a final game against the Nets on Friday at 4 p.m.) And what we’ve seen so far is pretty much what we were told to expect. That’s not such a bad thing on the whole. Again, we’re a long way from knowing MCW’s game, but this week’s mini-preview has essentially matched what Sixers president and general manager Sam Hinkie predicted. On the day Carter-Williams was introduced to Philadelphia at a PCOM press conference, Hinkie evaluated the point guard’s game: “He can, with his first step, get anywhere he wants,” Hinkie said that day. “He can see the floor and he can make a lot of passes that a lot of players that aren’t as athletic as him or aren’t as big as he is can’t make. The things he needs to improve on are the things he can improve on by spending a lot of time in a room like this (at PCOM’s practice gym) alone in the summer, or alone in the winter, or alone on an off day. We’re excited to sort of get that process going.” The process got going this week and it has mirrored Hinkie’s statement. If you’ve watched the summer league games, you’ve noticed a few things. You’ve seen second-round pick Arsalan Kazemi hustle up and down the floor. You’ve seen former Temple standout Khalif Wyatt take quite a few shots. And, more than anything else, you’ve seen MCW. He’s hard to miss. The neon-green sneakers help, but Carter-Williams has stood out, primarily, because of his game. That doesn’t mean it’s been all good. It hasn’t. But, good and bad, what we thought we knew about his game is essentially what he’s displayed in Orlando. If we use Hinkie’s statement as an outline, he's been dead on about MCW.
Sam Hinkie right about Carter-Williams so far
CSN Philly | Jul 12