ROY — Indicator of Future Success??

Posted by: C. Smith
05/07/14 10:20 am EST

Philadelphia 76ers Michael Carter Williams receives the 2014 KIA Rookie of the Year AwardYesterday, as we predicted, Michael Carter-Williams was named the 2013-14 NBA Rookie of the Year. MCW captured 104 of the 124 first place votes and joined Allen Iverson as the only two rookies in 76ers’ franchise history to take home that award.

To be honest, Carter-Williams had more than a great year, he had a historic year.  MCW became just the third player dating back to 1950-51 to lead rookies in points per game (16.7), rebounds per game (6.2) and assists per game (6.3).  Oscar Robertson (1960-61) and Alvan Adams (1975-76) are the other names on that list.  MCW also joined Robertson and Magic Johnson (1979-80) as the only players to average at least 16.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists in their rookie season.

While there’s no doubt that MCW still has work to do (His detractors will point out that he struggles on defense and his shooting stroke needs help.) and there’s still no guarantee that he is a “franchise” or “all-star level” player, after the jump I will show you that winning the Rookie of the Year Award has been a springboard for some of the finest NBA careers in the history of the game. Below is a list of the players who won the NBA Rookie of the Year Award between 2000-01 and 2012-13:

YEAR

PLAYER(S)

TEAM

2012-13

Damian Lillard

Portland Trail Blazers

2011-12

Kyrie Irving

Cleveland Cavaliers

2010-11

Blake Griffin

Los Angeles Clippers

2009-10

Tyreke Evans

Sacramento Kings

2008-09

Derrick Rose

Chicago Bulls

2007-08

Kevin Durant

Seattle SuperSonics

2006-07

Brandon Roy

Portland Trail Blazers

2005-06

Chris Paul

New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets

2004-05

Emeka Okafor

Charlotte Bobcats

2003-04

LeBron James

Cleveland Cavaliers

2002-03

Amar’e Stoudemire

Phoenix Suns

2001-02

Pau Gasol

Memphis Grizzlies

2000-01

Mike Miller

Orlando Magic

As you can see, during the 13 year span from 2000-2013 an overwhelming majority of the Rookie of the Year Award winners went on to achieve a high level of success in the NBA.  In fact, if you remove Emeka Okafor (extremely disappointing career) and Tyreke Evans (inconsistent career so far) from this grouping, the remaining 11 ROY winners from this time span boast a ridiculous combined resume.  Included among this prestigious group’s achievements are:

  • 6 NBA Titles
  • 5 NBA MVP Awards
  • 5 NBA Scoring Champs (KD -4; Lebron -1)
  • 2 NBA Finals MVP Awards
  • 1 Sixth Man of the Year Award (Miller)
  • 44 All-Star Game Appearances

Now many of you will immediately note that the above group includes “outliers” or “Hall of Fame Locks” such as Lebron James, Kevin Durant and Chris Paul and that their presence is skewing the data heavily in a positive way for the ROY Award alums.  I wouldn’t say that I totally disagree with you. So let’s dig a little deeper and look at how the ROY Award winners during the 1990s made out with the rest of their NBA careers. Below is a list of the ROYs from 1990-91 – 1999-2000:

YEAR

PLAYER(S)

TEAM

1999-00

Steve Francis & Elton Brand

Houston Rockets, Chicago Bulls

1998-99

Vince Carter

Toronto Raptors

1997-98

Tim Duncan

San Antonio Spurs

1996-97

Allen Iverson

Philadelphia 76ers

1995-96

Damon Stoudamire

Toronto Raptors

1994-95

Jason Kidd, Grant Hill

Dallas Mavericks, Detroit Pistons

1993-94

Chris Webber

Golden State Warriors

1992-93

Shaquille O’Neal

Orlando Magic

1991-92

Larry Johnson

Charlotte Hornets

1990-91

Derrick Coleman

New Jersey Nets

1989-90

David Robinson

San Antonio Spurs

Admittedly, this combined careers of this group is not as impressive as the resume owned by the collection of players from the 2000-2013 ROY Award winners grouping. One could argue that the overall careers of Steve Francis, Elton Brand, Derrick Coleman, Chris Webber, Damon Stoudamire and Larry Johnson were in some ways disappointing.  However, one could also argue that each of those six former ROY winners was among the best players in the League at some point during their career. Despite the less than “franchise level player” careers of those six, the achievements this group has racked up as a whole is very impressive and would fill multiple trophy cases:

  • 11 NBA Titles
  • 6 NBA Finals MVP Awards
  • 4 NBA MVp Awards
  • 4 Players with 23,000+ points in their career (Iverson, Duncan, Shaq, Vince)
  • 2 Players elected to the NBA at 50 list (Robinson & Shaq)
  • 1 Defensive Player of the Year Award (Robinson)
  • 1 NBA Season Assist Leader (Kidd did it 3 times)
  • 1 NBA Scoring Champ (Iverson did it 4 times)
  • 79 All-Star Game Appearances

Look, I’m not saying that because Michael Carter-Williams won the 2013-14 Rookie of the Year that he is a lock to develop into a “franchise level player”, future NBA Hall of Famer or even a multiple time NBA All-Star.  As we all know, the 76ers are facing long odds of that happening.

But what I am saying is that the Rookie of the Year Award alumni list has an all-world track record and capturing this honor in 2013-14 is a damn fine place for MCW to start his career with the 76ers.  So let’s celebrate one of the few positives to come from the season of the tank.

 

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8 Responses to “ROY — Indicator of Future Success??”

  1. hoophead3
    7. May 2014 at 18:49

    I think that this award could be a start to a spurt of succes. MCW could lead this team to a ring if we learn to make smart moves with our cap money (no more Andrew Bynum’s). Great post Smith.

  2. Brennan
    7. May 2014 at 20:11

    Considering that the last sixer to win ROY was allen iverson I have a good feeling about MCW as our franchise PG. He will put up crazy good #’s because of his height and atletic ability. I really cannot wait for my favorite playe nerlens noel to play for us. His impact on the defense will be felt on day one and he could possibly win ROY next year maybe.

  3. johnny W
    8. May 2014 at 00:00

    I wouldn’t want to bet against MCW’s future. The fact he is so young yet appears to be grounded and mature. When we learned that MCW had put some of his monies in some sort of trust was yet another indicator of good things to come for our lanky point guard. Apparently he’s got people in his ear giving him the right advice. It is very difficult on a human’s ego not to let the fame and riches go to ones head. I was pleased not hearing stories of buying to many cars and purchases of gaudy jewelry.
    Yepper his future is so bright he will need SUNGLASSES. lol jw

  4. steve toll
    8. May 2014 at 11:09

    MCW isn’t an NBA player, he is more often than not a negative on offense and his defense is actually worse.

  5. RYN_JAY
    8. May 2014 at 16:00

    MCW is an NBA player, he is more often than not a positive on offense and his defense is actually better.

  6. steve toll
    9. May 2014 at 15:47

    RYN_JAY,

    You honestly believe that and much like the other 99.9% of the 76ers fans, You don’t have a clue about anything NBA related

  7. Alex H
    10. May 2014 at 15:30

    Great Future for MCW. He has all the tools.

  8. Brian
    11. May 2014 at 22:12

    This years rookie crop was less than spectacular. Furthermore, what scoring options were there on possibly the worst lineup in the history of the game…someone had to score the points right? I wouldn’t get to excited that this is the second coming, rather, I think MCW will be the exception to the rule and will be a mediocre guard at best in years to come.

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