Michael Carter-Williams plays like your prototypical point guard. But, he’s not built like a traditional one.
At 6’5, Carter-Williams towers over his competition, which gives him a unique advantage against traditionally smaller guards. He possess good court vision and uses his height to make passes that the average point guard can’t make. The 21-year-old out of Syracuse averaged 7.3 assists per contest after emerging as a starter for the Orangemen this season.
Despite possessing true point guard skills, his decision-making is sketchy. According to Draft Express, he turned the ball over on 26 percent of his offensive possessions this season, ranking him third-worst in DX’s top-100 rankings. Carter-Williams is also not a very good shooter. He shot just 39.3 percent from the field and 29.2 percent from college 3-point range this year.
Regardless of his shortcomings, Carter-Williams has high hopes for himself at the next level. This is what he told media about his potential at last month’s NBA Draft Combine.
I want to go to the NBA and be an All-Star to be honest with you. I’ve always dreamed big. I’ve accomplished a lot of my dreams, so for five years to be an All-Star and be one of the top players in the NBA (are his goals).
There are definitely pros and cons to Carter-Williams’ game. But could he be the answer for the Kings with the No. 7 pick? Paired with a score-first undersized point guard in Isaiah Thomas, perhaps his unique mix of size and playmaking abilities make sense for Sacramento.
Mike Schmitz, an assistant video coordinator for the D-League’s Bakersfield Jam and former contributor to TrueHoop Network affiliate Valley of the Suns, has been putting together video scouting reports of prospects for Draft Express the last two years. Get to know more about Carter-Williams in Schmitz’s breakdown below.