Apr 6, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Syracuse Orange guard Michael Carter-Williams (1) brings the ball upcourt as Michigan Wolverines forward Glenn Robinson III (1) defends in the second half of the semifinals during the 2013 NCAA mens Final Four at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Michael Carter-Williams: Draft Profile


Michael Carter-Williams (point guard/shooting guard)

Height: 6’6”

Weight: 184 lbs

Wingspan: 6’7.25”

Max Vertical Leap: 41”

NBA Comparison:

Tyreke Evans. Evans used to be a point guard and isn’t anymore. Carter-Williams might end up being too tall to be point guard. Both players are the same size and are decent from the perimeter, but are not good or great. Both are turnover prone to different degrees, Evans a little less, but he’s also older and more of a scorer, while Carter-Williams is more of the prototypical point guard with better court vision and passing. Evans won rookie of the year and now has faded into the background of the NBA landscape. That’s what happens on the Sacramento Kings, but might not anymore with new management. Hopefully, Carter-Williams will get on a team and be able to contribute to where that team can make the playoffs.

Strengths:

  • Strong ball-handling skills
  • Amazing size for a point guard
  • Court vision and excellent passing ability and creativeness
  • Probably decent defender at the pro level

Weaknesses:

  • Scoring efficiency and percentage
  • Needs to cut down on turnovers
  • Not great wingspan
  • Bad shot selection and confidence in his sub-par shot

How he fits with the Suns:

Carter-Williams would be a great pick-up if we can trade a player for his draft rights. I’m on the fence about picking him with the #5 because of his turnovers and lack of consistent perimeter shooting. In all likelihood Phoenix won’t get him, but he would be great to pair with Dragic. Both players able to get their teammates the ball with ease and score when needed, Dragic better than Carter-Williams though.

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