Former Syracuse Orange star and current Philadelphia 76ers starting point guard Michael Carter-Williams was named the 2014 Kia NBA Rookie of the Year on Monday.
Carter-Williams, the 11th pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, received 104 of the 124 first-place votes and finished with 569 points. Victor Oladipo of the Orlando Magic finished in second place with 364 points and Trey Burke of the Utah Jazz finished in third place with 96 points. Along with the award, Carter-Williams received a 2015 Kia Sorrento LX CUV, but chose to donate it to the Fibrolameller Cancer Foundation.
On the season, the 6’6″ guard averaged 16.7 points, 6.2 rebounds and 6.3 assists per game, becoming just the third player in NBA history to lead all rookies in those three categories (Oscar Robertson and Magic Johnson were the other two). He is also the second Syracuse player to win the award, Derrick Coleman won it in the 1990-1991 season. In his press conference Monday, Carter-Williams thanked his family, friends, teammates and the 76er staff for helping him earn this honor. He also noted his goals for the future are to become an All-Star but most importantly help guide his team to the playoffs.