Michael Carter-Williams
Michael Carter-Williams
29-Year-Old GuardG
Orlando Magic  NBA  
Orlando Magic
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Injury Ankle
Est. Return 4/22/2021
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Carter-Williams had a bounce-back 2019-20 campaign, and fantasy managers in deeper leagues were able to effectively roster him for stretches. Ranking 188th on a per-game basis, Carter-Williams averaged 7.2 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.6 combined steals-plus-blocks in 18.5 minutes while acting as a backup combo guard for the Magic. The 29-year-old former Rookie of the Year is a free agent heading into the 2020-21 season. While his career has been on a relatively downward trajectory, he might be able to continue serving as a backup point guard. However, before we can accurately predict his fantasy potential, we'll have to see which team he signs with in free agency. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $6 million contract with the Magic in November of 2020.
Personal Bio

Michael Carter-Williams was born in 1991 in Hamilton, Massachusetts. He is the son of Earl Williams and Mandy Zegarowski and step-son of Zach Zegarowski and Rosa Williams. He has a younger sister and three younger brothers. Carter-Williams initially attended high school at Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School in Hamilton before transferring to St. Andrews in Barrington, Rhode Island. Carter-Williams was an honor roll student during his final two-plus years at St. Andrews. After his senior season, he earned both McDonald's and Jordan Brand All-American honors. During the summer of 2019, Carter-Williams interned at UFC Headquarters in Las Vegas. You can follow MCW on Twitter (@mcarterwilliams) and Instagram (@mr_carter5).

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Carter-Williams played two years at Syracuse, but he vaulted from a reserve contributor to an everyday starter in his 2012-13 sophomore campaign. That season, he was named to the All-Big East Second Team after averaging 11.9 points and 7.3 assists. His assist total (291) was enough to lead both the Big East and the NCAA. Furthermore, he led Syracuse in steals (2.7) and free throws made (3.2) per game. In the postseason, Carter-Williams was pegged for the 2013 NCAA Tournament All-Region squad and helped lead the Orange to the 2013 NCAA Tournament Final Four (losing to Michigan), garnering All-Region honors along the way. Carter-Williams entered the 2013 NBA Draft after his sophomore year and was drafted in the first round (11th overall) by the Philadelphia 76ers.

Expected to miss multiple games
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April 16, 2021
Carter-Williams (ankle) is expected to miss multiple games, Roy Parry of the Orlando Sentinel reports.
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Carter-Williams had already been ruled out Friday against the Raptors, but it's been revealed that he'll be out longer. While he's sidelined, Cole Anthony and R.J. Hampton could see expanded roles.
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2019

In his first full season with the Magic, Carter-Williams appeared in 45 games and averaged 7.2 points, 2.4 assists, 3.3 rebounds, and 1.1 steals in 18.5 minutes per contest. The Syracuse product hit 42.7 percent of his field goals -- the second-highest figure of his career. Carter-Williams set career-highs in two-point field goal percentage (48.1%), as well as free throw percentage (83.2%). Against the Mavericks on Nov. 6, Carter-Williams posted 13 points, seven rebounds, two assists, two steals and a season-high three blocks. He handed out a season-best eight assists against the Clippers on Jan. 26, also adding 15 points and seven rebounds. On Feb. 21 against Dallas, Carter-Williams grabbed a season-high 11 boards. His season-high of 20 points came in the Magic's final game before the suspension of the NBA season -- a Mar. 10 win over the Grizzlies. It was one of 14 double-figure-scoring efforts of the season for Carter-Williams. Versus Denver on Dec. 18, Carter-Williams recorded a season-high four steals, adding six points, four rebounds and two assists. A foot injury kept Carter-Williams out of the Magic's final 10 games, including the team's first-round playoff series against Milwaukee.

2018

Michael Carter-Williams' sixth season in the league saw him split time between two franchises for the second time in his career and the first time since his sophomore campaign. The 27-year-old started the season in Houston, where he played in 16 games and logged one start before a mid-season trade sent him to Chicago. Carter-Williams was subsequently waived and went on to sign with Orlando. He appeared in 12 regular season games with the Magic. Collectively, the 2013 lottery pick played 28 games between Houston and Orlando, averaging 4.8 points, 2.5 assists and 2.5 rebounds per game. With the Magic, Carter-Williams averaged 18.9 minutes off the bench and produced 4.8 rebounds and 4.1 assists per contest. In a win over the 76ers on March 25, Carter-Williams produced a season-high 15 points along with six rebounds, three assists and two steals. He scored 10 points in a win over the Pacers on March 30 for his fifth double-digit scoring effort of the season. Carter-Williams appeared in all five of Orlando's first-round playoff games against Toronto, averaging 18.5 minutes per contest in the series. In the Magic's Game 1 victory, Carter-Williams finished with 10 points, five rebounds and two assists.

2017

Carter-Williams ended up filling a reserve role in what would end up being his only season in Charlotte. Tasked with proving instant offense of the bench for the Hornets, MCW got in a nice groove beginning in mid-November. Starting with a Nov. 18 game against the Clippers, Carter-Williams would go on to play in Charlotte's next 33 contests. He did a little bit of everything during his time on the floor during that stretch, averaging 4.3 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.0 steal/block per game in 15.9 minutes. MCW's best all-around performance of the season came in a tight, one-point loss to Cleveland on Nov. 24. In that game, Carter-Williams posted 11 points, seven rebounds, and five assists. He also drained both of this three-point attempts. MCW also shot a career-best 82.0 percent from the foul line. After the season, MCW signed with the Houston Rockets as a free agent in July.

2016

Carter-Williams recovered from offseason hip surgery and appeared poised to enter 2016-17 as the backup point guard in Milwaukee. He even logged a few exhibition games with the Bucks but was traded to the Bulls in exchange for Tony Snell on Oct. 18. Carter-Williams was expected to serve as the backup point guard to Rajon Rondo, but after three games, he suffered a bone bruise in his left knee. That ultimately sidelined him for the next 27 games, and he didn't make a return until Dec. 26, scoring one point in 19 minutes off the bench. Carter-Williams eventually got back on track, though he went the remainder of the year without recording a double-double. His best game came Feb. 2 against the Rockets, when he started and recorded 23 points, nine rebounds and six assists. It ultimately proved difficult to get into rhythm after that, as knee trouble resurfaced in early March and he spent the rest of the season as a reserve. The Bulls were bounced in six games by the Celtics in Round 1 of the playoffs, and while Carter-Williams didn't appear in Game 1, he averaged 2.9 points and 1.2 assists over 10.5 minutes in the next five. He became an unrestricted free agent in the offseason.

2015

Carter-Williams spent the offseason working on his jump shot, and despite an injury-shortened 2015-16 campaign, he posted a career-best field-goal percentage of 45.2. The third-year player recorded 20 points in the season opener and started the next three games, but then proceeded to miss a five-game stretch due to a sprained ankle. He returned Nov. 14 and started the next seven games but averaged 3.6 turnovers per game over that span. The Bucks ended up sending him to the bench in favor of Jerryd Bayless, but Carter-Williams won the point guard job back after 10 games as a reserve. He did bounce back a bit, scoring a season-high 24 points (9-18 FG) in a Dec. 18 loss to Golden State. His best all-around effort likely came Jan. 8 against Dallas, when he recorded 15 points, 12 rebounds, eight assists and five steals. On Feb. 9, Carter-Williams went back to the bench in favor of O.J. Mayo, as Giannis Antetokounmpo was starting to develop into more of a point-forward role. Carter-Williams never returned to the starting five, and his season came to an end in late February. He was initially scratched due to knee tendinitis, but on March 7, the Bucks announced he would miss the rest of the season after undergoing surgery to repair a torn labrum in his hip. Milwaukee ultimately missed this postseason in what proved to be Carter-Williams' last season with the Bucks.

2014

Carter-Williams played in 41 games (38 starts) for the Sixers in 2014-15, averaging 15.0 points, 7.4 assists and 6.2 rebounds. He underwent shoulder surgery during the offseason leading up to this year, which forced him to miss both Summer League and the preseason, in addition to the first seven regular-season games. He returned as a reserve for three contests -- averaging 16.0 ppg -- before picking back up his starting role. While his baseline stats were slightly below his rookie campaign, Carter-Williams still managed to record his third, fourth and fifth-career triple-doubles this season. It was smooth sailing until early-February, when ankle, shin and toe injuries forced Carter-Williams to miss a six-game stretch. On Feb. 19, Carter-Williams saw an abrupt change of scenery, as he was dealt to the Bucks as part of a three-team deal. Once healthy and ready to make his Milwaukee debut on Feb. 25, Carter-Williams stepped right in as the starting point guard for the departed Brandon Knight, recording seven points and eight assists in that contest. He ended up playing in 25 regular-season games for the Bucks that year, averaging 14.1 points, 5.6 assists and 4.0 rebounds. That stretch also included two 30-point games -- April 8 against the Cavaliers and April 13 against the Sixers, his former team. The trade to Milwaukee also allowed Carter-Williams to get a taste of postseason play, but the Bucks fell to the Bulls in six games in the opening round. Carter-Williams averaged 12.2 points, 4.8 assists and 4.5 rebounds in that series.

2013

Carter-Williams was selected 11th overall by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2013 NBA Draft. The Syracuse product earned a starting job for his NBA debut on opening night, Oct. 30, and never looked back. It was a stellar debut, as Carter-Williams produced 22 points (6-10 FG, 4-6 3Pt, 6-8 FT) to go along with 12 assists, nine steals and seven rebounds in a victory over the Heat. MCW's nine thefts were the most steals ever by a rookie in their NBA debut. Carter-Williams stayed hot and averaged 18.7 points and 8.1 assists through his first seven career NBA games, but foot soreness halted that progress for a four-game stretch in mid-November. He returned and averaged 18.0 points, 7.0 assists and 3.7 steals over another seven-game stretch before a swollen knee sidelined him for seven games. In the final game before the knee started acting up, the rookie recorded his first career triple-double with 27 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in a victory over Orlando on Dec. 3. Carter-Williams scored a career-high 33 points (13-25 FG) in a Jan. 7 loss to the Cavaliers. He recorded his second career triple-double in a Mar. 10 loss to the Knicks, collecting 23 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists. While the rebuilding Sixers missed the postseason, it was still an outstanding individual season for Carter-Williams. He was awarded Rookie of the Year honors based on his per-game averages of 16.7 points, 6.3 assists, 6.2 rebounds and 1.9 steals.

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Transaction History
  • June 27, 2013
    Drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 1st round (11th pick) of the 2013 NBA Draft.
  • July 1, 2013
    Signed a rookie deal with the Philadelphia 76ers.
  • February 19, 2015
    As part of a 3-team trade, traded by the Philadelphia 76ers to the Milwaukee Bucks; the Bucks traded Brandon Knight and Kendall Marshall to the Phoenix Suns; the Suns traded Tyler Ennis and Miles Plumlee to the Bucks; and the Phoenix Suns traded a 2018 1st round draft pick 76ers.
  • October 17, 2016
    Traded by the Milwaukee Bucks to the Chicago Bulls for Tony Snell.
  • July 7, 2017
    Signed a one-year contract with the Charlotte Hornets.
  • July 6, 2018
    Signed a one-year contract as a free agent with the Houston Rockets.
  • January 7, 2019
    Traded by the Houston Rockets with cash to the Chicago Bulls for a 2020 2nd round draft pick.
  • March 15, 2019
    Signed a 10-day contract with the Orlando Magic.
  • March 25, 2019
    Signed a 2nd 10-day contract with the Orlando Magic.
  • April 4, 2019
    Signed a contract for the rest of the season with the Orlando Magic
  • July 10, 2019
    Signed a one-year contract with the Orlando Magic.
  • November 21, 2020
    Signed a two-year, $6 million contract with the Magic.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Carter-Williams agreed to a one-year deal to stay with Orlando after spending the final 12 games of last season with the Magic. In those contests, MCW logged 18.9 minutes per night and averaged 5.4 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4.1 assists. The 2013 Rookie of the Year has bounced around the league after his impressive inaugural season with Philadelphia, and the Magic are his sixth team in six years. When given the opportunity, he's put up some quality fantasy numbers, averaging 13.8 points, 6.3 rebounds, 6.1 assists and 2.7 combined blocks/steals per 36 minutes. He's never caught on anywhere because of his inability to stay healthy -- 149 games missed over the last four seasons -- and his poor shot (39.7 FG%, 25.5 3P%). Carter-Williams could bounce back this season as a fixture in the Magic rotation, and his all-around play should afford him some value in deeper leagues provided Markelle Fultz doesn't emerge as a legitimate option.
Knee and shoulder injuries limited Carter-Williams to just 52 games last season, marking the third straight year where he's missed at least 25 contests. Even when he was healthy, Carter-Williams was merely a deep reserve in the backcourt, posting averages of 4.6 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.2 assists across 16.1 minutes. Despite the struggles, the Rockets are opting to give him a look as they chase another deep playoff run. His brutal career mark of 25 percent from three-point land doesn't necessarily mesh well with the Rockets' current cast of players, but he does have some play-making ability if healthy. Still, with the likes of Chris Paul, James Harden and Eric Gordon all in the backcourt, Carter-Williams isn't going to see more than a few spot minutes most nights.
Carter-Williams appeared to be on his way to being a standout player in the NBA following an incredible rookie season with the 76ers, but it's been downhill ever since. After averaging at least 30.0 minutes per game in each of his first four seasons, Carter-Williams averaged just 18.8 minutes per game with the Bulls in 2017-18 and was in and out of the rotation for much of the year. His inefficiency is the biggest turnoff, as he's shot just 40.7 percent from the field, 25 percent from three-point range and 70 percent from the free-throw line for his career. That, combined with a high turnover rate, has dropped his value to the point where he's a non-factor in the vast majority of Fantasy formats. In joining the Hornets, Carter-Williams could be stepping into one of his final chances to prove himself at the NBA level. He'll start out the season backing up Kemba Walker at point guard, but it wouldn't be surprising if Malik Monk ultimately cuts into his minutes load.
Entering his third season, Carter-Williams will look to take the next step in realizing his potential as an above-average guard on both ends of the floor. Carter-Williams' numbers were arguably inflated during his rookie season due to the offensive-minded system he was playing within. In 2014-15, his scoring numbers took a slight dip across the board. In his 66 starts between the two clubs, Carter-Williams averaged 14.6 points (down from 16.7 points during his rookie outing), and shot 40 percent from the field. The former Syracuse standout will need to improve his shot selection, an area in which he continued to struggle last season. He should benefit from another year in coach Jason Kidd's system, which is designed to force turnovers and pressure ball-handlers on the defensive end. Given his length and athleticism, Carter-Williams is an ideal fit, but he'll need to play efficiently enough on the offensive end to warrant a significant minutes load. His 3.8 turnovers per game will need to be addressed, and if Carter-Williams continues to struggle, Kidd proved last season that he's not afraid to utilize his full bench. That said, Michael Carter-Williams will enter 2015-16 entrenched as the starting point guard, and he'll be given every opportunity to flourish in that role. At only 23 years old and with the ideal mentor in Kidd, this year should speak volumes about what kind of player Carter-Williams will be. As evidenced by his improved 6.7 assists per game last season, he's capable of facilitation an offense, and that will be his top priority this season with a talented young core of Greg Monroe, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jabari Parker, and Khris Middleton now surrounding him.
Michael Carter-Williams is entering his second season in the NBA. As a rookie with the 76ers, he won the Rookie of the Year Award, averaging 16.7 points, 6.2 rebounds, 6.3 assists, 1.9 steals, 0.6 blocks, 0.8 three-pointers made, and 3.5 turnovers in 35 minutes per game through 70 games played. He shot 41 percent from the field on 15.1 attempts per game, 70 percent from the free-throw line on 5.2 attempts per game, and 26 percent from three-point territory on 3.0 attempts per game. His 1.9 steals per game ranked sixth in the league, and his 6.2 rebounds per game were the most in the league from the point guard position. On the season, Carter-Williams totaled 68 more rebounds than the next-leading point guard, Kyle Lowry, despite playing in nine fewer games. Carter-Williams' ability to provide points, rebounds, assists, and steals can make him a valuable commodity in many league formats, but he is also turnover prone. He's both an inefficient shooter and a primary scorer for the 76ers, which is a combination that causes significant damage to a fantasy team's overall field goal percentage. Carter-Williams should remain the starting point guard and continue to see heavy usage in 2014-15, but the acquisition of Alexey Shved and Casper Ware provides depth that was not there in 2013-14.
Selected with the 11th overall pick of the 2013 NBA Draft, rookie Carter-Williams will start at the point guard position on a team with a new head coach and a new system. The Syracuse standout will have ample opportunity to shine, as the depth chart is cleared out at the point guard position, giving him a chance to hit 30-plus minutes per night if he doesn't disappoint. Carter-Williams showed his wild style of play in the summer league, putting up 13.6 points (27 percent from the field), 4.2 rebounds, 6.8 assists, 2.0 steals and 4.8 turnovers in 34 minutes per game. His ability to put up numbers in all categories makes him a fantasy wild card. Expect to be surprised, for better or for worse, by the unpredictable rookie.
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Out with sprained ankle
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April 15, 2021
Carter-Williams is out Friday against the Raptors due to a sprained left ankle.
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Adds 15 points, eight boards in win
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April 14, 2021
Carter-Williams scored 15 points (6-12 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 2-4 FT) while adding eight rebounds, three assists, one block and one steal over 27 minutes of Wednesday's victory against the Bulls.
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Racks up four steals in return
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April 8, 2021
Carter-Williams (illness) totaled 13 points (4-6 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 3-6 FT), five assists, four rebounds, four steals and one block in 21 minutes during Wednesday's 131-116 loss to the Wizards.
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Still starting Wednesday
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April 7, 2021
Carter-Williams (illness) will start Wednesday's game against the Wizards.
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Cleared to play
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April 7, 2021
Carter-Williams (illness) is available for Wednesday's contest against the Wizards.
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