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Sixers guard Michael Carter-Williams named rookie of the year

Sixers guard Michael Carter-Williams, pictured with coach Brett Brown, won the NBA’s Rookie of the Year Award after leading all rookies in scoring (16.7), rebounding (6.3), and assists (6.2).
Sixers guard Michael Carter-Williams, pictured with coach Brett Brown, won the NBA’s Rookie of the Year Award after leading all rookies in scoring (16.7), rebounding (6.3), and assists (6.2).Matt Slocum/Associated Press

Michael Carter-Williams has something to show for being a bright spot in a dismal season for the Philadelphia 76ers.

Carter-Williams won the NBA’s Rookie of the Year Award Monday after becoming only the third player since 1950-51 to lead all rookies in scoring (16.7), rebounding (6.3), and assists (6.2). Oscar Robertson (1960-61) and Alvan Adams (1975-76) were the others.

Despite the performance from their guard, the Sixers were awful this season. They were 19-73 and tied an NBA record by losing 26 straight games.

‘‘I'd definitely trade this award to be in the playoffs in a second,’’ Carter-Williams said. ‘‘Coaches tell me to watch the playoffs to look at how different the game is and I do see it. It’s a whole different season. This game is about winning. I hope I set a positive example about leading your team in a good way no matter what. I hope guys that come in know the core of this team takes things seriously and we want to build something special.’’

Carter-Williams, a native of Hamilton who attended Hamilton-Wenham Regional High his freshman year before transferring to St. Andrews in Rhode Island, received 104 of a possible 124 first-place votes. The Orlando Magic’s Victor Oladipo finished second and Trey Burke of the Utah Jazz was third.


The 11th overall pick from Syracuse in last year’s draft, Carter-Williams is the first player picked 10th or lower to win since Mark Jackson did it in 1987 for New York.

Raptors extend Casey

Dwane Casey started the season in the perilous position of working for a new general manager and coaching a young Toronto Raptors roster that was widely believed to be on the ground floor of a remodel.

He turned the situation into an Atlantic Division title and the team’s first playoff appearance since 2008, which was more than enough to convince general manager Masai Ujiri that Casey was the right man for the job.


Casey received a three-year extension, a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press. Casey was in the final year of his deal.

The agreement came a day after the Raptors lost Game 7 of their playoff series to Brooklyn.

‘‘He’s a great dude,’’ guard DeMar DeRozan said of Casey before news of the contract went public. ‘‘Sometimes you don’t even look at him as a coach because you can talk to him about any situation. I think that helped us a lot.’’

Toronto went 48-34 to win the division for just the second time in franchise history.

Curry, Lee back Jackson

As co-captains and team leaders, Stephen Curry and David Lee carry the loudest voices in the Warriors locker room, which is why what they said is significant. Curry and Lee sent a clear message to co-owner Joe Lacob and team management, saying players want Mark Jackson back as coach and an end to all the uncertainty that surrounded him this season. The Warriors have been dealing with distractions involving Jackson and his staff since last summer. While reports of rifts within the team surfaced on occasion, dismissing two assistants in a 12-day stretch before the playoffs perpetuated the idea that Jackson has led an environment of dysfunction. Lacob has yet to publicly support Jackson beyond this season . . . Heat forward LeBron James said Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant would be a deserving winner of the NBA MVP award. It’s expected that Durant will be announced as this season’s MVP later this week. James is a four-time winner of the award, taking the honor in each of the previous two seasons.