2017-18 Statistics: 4.6 Points, 2.2 assists, 2.7 rebounds, 33.2% FG, 23.7% 3FG, 82% FT
Michael Carter-Williams was without a doubt a fan favorite for Charlotte Hornets fans this season, but not in the favorite player to root for kind of way. Putting it lightly, Carter-Williams struggled heavily this season, leaving a lot of fans frustrated.
Many called for MCW to be benched, numerous times. Many were scared the moment he stepped foot on the court or even touched the ball. Others were actually surprised, surprised when he would simply finish a layup, or when he would make a mid-range jump shot.
Expectations for Carter-Williams throughout the season were low, like bottom of the floor low. I’m positive we were all convinced by the end of the season that Dwight Howard was a better shooter than him, and we all know that is not exactly Dwight’s forte.
I actually wrote the season preview for MCW before the season began, and I said that he was on a steady decline and maybe if he could find that confidence that he had during his rookie season with Philadelphia then he might just be okay. Well, that didn’t happen, and statistically speaking you can say this was his worst season as an NBA player yet.
However, his season did produce one of the my favorite Youtube videos yet.
How many players have a montage video of them consisting of missed layups, bricks and airballs? Honestly, this was truly a historic year.
So what can we expect from MCW in the future?
Probably nothing, since he signed a one-year deal last off season. I would have to assume its highly doubtful — especially now that Steve Clifford and Rich Cho are gone — that Mitch Kupchak would bring Carter-Williams back for next season and beyond.
Charlotte will once again be in the market for a backup point guard, maybe even a starter (ugh).
But for now, we say thanks for the memories, Michael. On behalf of the fan base I can truly say we may never see another player quite like you wear a purple and teal jersey.