Sunnergren: Michael Carter-Williams has ‘keys to the car’ for Philadelphia 76ers

Michael Carter-Williams will likely start as a rookie

Tom Sunnergren, editor of ESPN TrueHoop’s Hoop76, calls in to talk about Michael Carter-Williams being drafted by the 76ers with hosts Robbie Gillies and Wes Cheng on The Juice on the Cuse podcast on The hosts also talk about Syracuse’s first day in the ACC and wrap up the rest of the NBA draft.

Here are some highlights from the interview:

TJO: Tom, how did the 76ers fan base react to the Michael Carter-Williams pick?

Michael Carter-Williams will likely start as a rookie

Tom Sunnergren: It was almost an afterthought. Everyone was reeling from the Jrue Holiday trade and acquiring Nerlens Noel and we hadn’t sat down as a fan base and worked through how we really feel about Michael Carter-Williams.

TJO: Do you see Carter-Williams playing major minutes this season?

TS: It really looks like at this point we’re going to be handing the keys to the car over to him. It seems like there’s an off chance that Evan Turner, if he’s with the team when the season begins, would shoulder some of that load. In the past, he’s played a little point guard for us. I would venture that it would be Michael Carter-Williams.

TJO: How will Carter-Williams do in his rookie season?

TS: My sense is early on, he’s really going to struggle. He doesn’t have a jump shot, and that’s going to be a liability at point guard, and it’s a little less documented, but he has turnover problems. It’s really a long term project with Michael carter-Williams and that’s probably a good thing for a team that has no real interest in winning basketball games next season. That’ll help lay the foundation for 2-3 years down the road.


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1. Intro
2. Tom Sunnergren, editor of the ESPN TrueHoop’s Hoop76 calls in
3. Thoughts on MCW pick
4. What kind of impact MCW will have
5. Who will the 76ers hire as head coach?
6. Triche/Southerland not drafted
7. Syracuse moves on to the ACC
8. Final goodbye to the Big East
9. Closing Thoughts and Wrap Up

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Wes has worked for covering the New York Knicks, as well as for covering Syracuse athletics. Wes has also been a contributing writer for the South China Morning Post (Hong Kong), for SportsNet New York (SNY) as a news desk writer covering all of New York professional sports, and reported on the NBA and MLB for the New York Sportscene. A native of Long Island, New York, Wes graduated from Syracuse University in 2005 with a degree in journalism. Contact him at wes[at]