Michael Carter-Williams of Hamilton led the Philadelphia 76ers – a young team that considers the upcoming season as a rebuilding year – over the star-studded two-time champion Miami Heat in the team’s season opener on Wednesday night.
Carter-Williams set a NBA record for the most steals by a rookie in his first career game.
Just six years ago, Carter-Williams was dribbling and shooting as a member of the Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School Generals. Wednesday night, he captured the attention of professional basketball fans across the country with a performance that was described as “historic,” “phenomenal,” “monster” and “incredible” by the basketball press.
He had a total of 22 points, 12 assists, nine steals and seven rebounds in the game, coming close to a quadruple double.
He started the game with a dunk and ended in with a steal from superstar LeBron James.
Carter-Williams was drafted at No. 11 in June by the 76ers and played for the team in the summer league in Orlando before signing with the team. He is now the team’s starting point guard. See a roundup of his performance in the attached YouTube video.