07/16/13 12:11 pm EST
Along with JK Rowling’s Casual Vacancy, Roger Ebert’s Your Movie Sucks, and a random book about LeBron leaving Cleveland, one of the books I’m reading this summer is When March Went Mad: The Game That Transformed Basketball by Seth Davis. On page 230, after Davis brilliantly depicts Magic Johnson and Michigan State’s 1979 NCAA Finals victory over Indiana State and Larry Bird, there’s a passage that really struck me.
“He is not superstar material for the NBA,’ Joe Falls wrote in the Detroit News. “Maybe he can grow into it. But he isn’t there yet, and some NBA scouts wonder if he will ever get there.”
Falls wrote that about Magic Johnson before the ’79 NBA Draft. And, as a devout 76ers follower and a writer who spent all of last week sitting courtside in press row at the Orlando Pro Summer League, I couldn’t help but think that quote could easily describe Michael Carter-Williams as a rookie as well.
Now, I’m not saying MCW is the second coming of Magic Johnson. But, I am saying that it’s far too early to label him anything but a project with a very high ceiling.