When Carter-Williams first arrived in Milwaukee, he was viewed as coach Jason Kidd’s protégé and the long term solution as the team’s point guard. Fresh off of a rookie of the year campaign in Philadelphia, the Bucks traded for Carter-Williams, sending Brandon Knight to Phoenix Suns as part of a three-team deal.
Michael Carter-Williams not fitting in…
However, Carter-Williams hasn’t lived up to his billing, starting only 37 of 54 games last season. The guard didn’t appear in any games after the first week of March, following a labrum tear in his left hip.
Carter-Williams, the 2013-14 Rookie of the Year, averaged a career-low tally of 11.5 points, 5.1 rebounds and 5.2 assists last season, a year after averaging 15 points and 7.4 assists for the Sixers before getting shipped to Milwaukee.
Prior to February’s trade deadline, ESPN’s Mark Stein and Brian Windhorst reported that Carter-Williams was “undeniably gettable” for the right price. Zach Lowe followed that up with his own report in which he claimed Milwaukee were unhappy with the former Syracuse standout.
“The Bucks chased (Jeff) Teague in free agency three years ago, and they remain unconvinced that Michael Carter-Williams, coming off the bench again, is the long-term answer, league sources say,” Lowe had reported.
Greek Freak dominates as PG
Williams hasn’t participated in any scrimmages or competitive games since his injury in March. After Williams went down, the Bucks began their experimentation with Giannis Antetokounmpo as the starting point guard.
It was an experiment that worked wonders as the Greek Freak averaged 18.4 points, 7.1 rebounds and 7.2 assists during the month of March. Antetokounmpo took to another level in April, averaging 20.7 points, 9.1 rebounds and 7.1 assists as the starting point guard.
The Bucks are expected to continue with Antetokounmpo at point guard, making Michael Carter-Williams an automatic trade asset or sixth man.