Shoulder op for Rookie of Year Carter-Williams
Philadelphia 76ers' Michael Carter-Williams (R) is guarded by Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose during the first quarter of their NBA game in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in this file photo taken November 2, 2013. Photo by Howard Smith, USA TODAY Sports/Reuters.
PHILADELPHIA - One day after winning the NBA's Rookie of the Year award, Philadelphia 76ers point guard Michael Carter-Williams had surgery Tuesday on his right shoulder.
The procedure to repair a torn labrum was performed in New York, with 76ers general manager San Hinkie saying the timing allowed for "maximum recovery time" before next season.
"The health of our players is our primary concern," Hinkie said. "There were a number of healthy discussions between Michael, our medical team, several medical specialists and Michael's representatives.
"After careful consideration and thoughtful research, we collectively agreed that it was in Michael's best interest to move forward with the procedure now and allow for maximum recovery time."
Carter-Williams, taken 11th overall in last year's NBA draft, averaged 16.7 points, 6.3 assists and 6.2 rebounds in his first NBA campaign.
He joined Oscar Robertson (1960-61) and Alvin Adams (1975-76) as the only players since 1950-51 to lead all rookies in those categories.
Carter-Williams joined Robertson and Magic Johnson as the only rookies in NBA history to average at least 16.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists.
The American, who also led all NBA rookies with 1.86 steals a game to rank sixth overall in the league, received 104 of 124 possible first-place votes and 569 points overall from a North American media panel in voting for the rookie award.
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