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Video Breakdown – Michael Carter-Williams

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I present to you our first of many video breakdowns to come courtesy of Barlowe Films. (Follow him @Barlowe500 on Twitter)

Here we look Philadelphia 76ers rookie Michael Carter-Williams.

Breakdown

 

Carter-Williams has great size for a point guard at 6’6.  His height allows him to see the court and open up things for his teammates. Carter-Williams can easily see past and pass over much smaller defenders.  Using his length in pick-and-roll situations to dish off accurate pocket passes and lobs will be an asset.  His adjustment to the NBA game was rough at times as he turned the ball over way too much and put up low percentage shots on drives.

Carter-Williams showed he can get to the basket, but he struggled to finish at times.  Other than dribble-drives and free throws he wasn’t much of a scoring threat.  At this point in his career he is not a consistent shooter from 3 or mid-range.  At his size developing that mid-range jumper would be a major addition to his game.

While he played zone at Syracuse he is a capable defender and can use his length to bother smaller guards and play passing lanes.

Slotted as the starter Carter-Williams will a have large role this season and plenty of playing time to make mistakes as he learns the NBA game.  The Sixers have no go-to player on a roster lacking any star power.

Strengths

  • Size
  • Plays the pick and roll well for a rookie
  • Can make advanced passes in traffic
  • Plays passing lanes

Weaknesses

  • Shooting from the perimeter
  • Ball-handling against smaller guards
  • Finishing in traffic with floaters, lay-ups

 

 

 

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