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76ers' Michael Carter-Williams has shoulder surgery

By on 5/06/2014 08:15:00 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers had a tough 2013-2014 season, enduring a 26-game losing streak at one point and finished with a 19-63 record. A bright spot was the play of rookie Michael Carter-Williams, who was named NBA Rookie of the Year. The 76ers announced on Tuesday that Carter-Williams underwent surgery to repair the labrum of his right shoulder.

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As reported by Christopher A. Vito at The Delaware County Times Blogs, the surgery was performed by Dr. David Altchek at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York.  Dr. Brian Sennett of Penn Medicine will monitor the rehab of Carter-Williams. There is currently no timetable for his return, but it appears that his availability for summer-league is in serious doubt.  The good news is that Carter-Williams has nearly five months to be medically available for the team's training camp.

76ers general manager Sam Hinkie talked about the decision for Carter-Williams to have the procedure now instead of later.
“The health of our players is our primary concern. 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 maximum recovery time.”
Carter-Williams battled through injury problems through his rookie season. He averaged 16.7 points, 6.3 rebounds and 6.2 assists and 1.9 steals in 70 games this season. He joined Oscar Robertson and Magic Johnson are only players to average at least 16 points, six rebounds and six assists in their rookie season.

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