According to C.F. Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Michael Carter-Williams is expected to make his Bucks debut Wednesday night against the 76ers.
MCW will offically be listed as probable for Bucks game vs. Sixers on Wednesday night.
— cfgardner (@cf_gardner) February 24, 2015
The reigning Rookie of the Year, whom Milwaukee acquired in a three-team deal at the deadline, has missed the Bucks’ last three contests with a sprained toe on his right foot. The issue also caused him to sit out his final three games as a member of the Sixers prior to the All-Star break. Carter-Williams took part in Monday’s shootaround in Chicago and intimated that his recovery is moving along according to schedule.
“I’m progressing each day,” Carter-Williams told the Journal Sentinel. “I’m just trying to get better and learn the system and get healthy all at once.”
While the Bucks are officially listing Carter-Williams as “probable,” he expressed no doubts about his status after Monday’s game.
“I’ll be playing next game,” Carter-Williams told reporters. “I don’t know how many minutes I’ll be playing.”
Jason Kidd hasn’t stated whether Carter-Williams will immediately supplant Jerryd Bayless as the starting point guard. It’s conceivable to think Bayless could remain the starter while Carter-Williams gets acclimated to the new system, but at some point the 23-year-old figures to be handed the reins. In 41 games for Philadelphia, Carter-Williams averaged 15.0 points, 7.4 assists and 6.2 rebounds, but he committed 4.2 turnovers per game and shot only 38 percent from the field and 26 percent from three. Certainly, he’ll be a welcomed addition to a Milwaukee offense that’s struggled to score since the trade (82.0 ppg), but his poor outside shooting doesn’t promise to alleviate the spacing issues that contributed a painful 34 percent team shooting effort Monday against the Bulls.
Assuming Carter-Williams does, indeed, play Wednesday, he’ll debut against his former teammates. Immediately after news of Thursday’s mega-deal broke, Carter-Williams tweeted out that he was “shocked” by the deal, but he also expressed his excitement to move to a contending team.
“I believe I’m a winner,” Carter-Williams said. “A lot of teams I’ve been on have been winning programs. I can’t wait – I sense a different attitude over here. It’s great to be a part of a team that’s going to the playoffs and striving toward those areas.”