And with the number 11 pick in the draft, the Philadelphia 76ers choose... Michael Carter-Williams, point guard from Syracuse! For the former Orange point guard, the Philly selection is a bit of a reunion as he reunites with BABC teammate Nerlens Noel, who was dealt to the 76ers after being drafted by the New Orleans Pelicans at pick number 6. Carter-Williams said, "I'm really excited. Me and Nerlens grew up together. We're best friends. It's like a dream come true."
Most analyst grade the 76ers draft in the "C" range and consensus is that Carter-Williams, who averaged just under 12 points and 7.3 assist in his sophomore year, will struggle to defend smaller, quicker point guards in the NBA. The same is being said of the 38th pick Nate Wolters, point guard from South Dakota State, who was acquired by trade from the Washington Wizards for Glenn Rice, Jr.
As for the projected overall No. 1 pick Nerlens Noel's slip to No. 6, Cater-Williams says, "Maybe that's what he needed to be great in the NBA."