The Philadelphia 76ers’ Michael Carter-Williams and the Utah Jazz’s Trey Burke today were named the Kia NBA Eastern and Western Conference Rookies of the Month, respectively, for games played in April.
Carter-Williams led all rookies in scoring (17.6 ppg), ranked third in rebounding (7.5 rpg), fourth in both assists (6.4 apg) and minutes (32.5 mpg), and fifth in field goal percentage (.525). He posted 21 points, 14 rebounds, six assists, four steals and two blocks on April 14, during a 113-108 win over the Boston Celtics – the first of back-to-back wins for the Sixers to close the season. Carter-Williams garnered four-of-six Kia NBA Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month honors for the 2013-14 campaign.
Burke ranked third among rookies in scoring (15.6 ppg) and led rookies in assists (9.0 apg) during April. He placed second among first-year players in minutes, having logged 38.3 mpg on the month. He posted double-digit scoring efforts in five-of-seven April games, and handed out seven or more assists six times. Burke capped his rookie campaign with a 32-point, nine-assist, seven-rebound effort on April 16, during a 136-130 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves in double overtime.
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Celtics guard Marcus Smart will undergo surgery on his thumb today, but there’s hope he can return sometime in the playoffs, league source tells ESPN.
Surgery will be to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN
76ers’ Simmons Joins Magic, Big O in Milestone Club
Philadelphia 76ers point guard Ben Simmons recorded his eighth triple-double on Thursday night in a win over the New York Knicks, the second-highest total for a rookie in NBA history.
With 13 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists against the Knicks, Simmons broke a tie with Hall of Famer Magic Johnson, who had seven triple-doubles as a rookie. Oscar Robertson holds the NBA record with 26 triple-doubles in his rookie season.
Source: Ian Begley of ESPN