Beyond his fine character and the handful of awards he has received thus far for being a basketballer, there are a good number of other factors that have set Michael Carter-Williams (MCW) apart from other B-ballers in the NBA.
For instance, the Point guard is among the 3 players in the league who were able to average 6 assists, 6 rebounds, and 16 points in their rookie campaign. Magic Johnson and Oscar Robertson are the other guys. Let’s get to learn more about Michael…
Who Is Michael Carter-Williams?
Of course, Michael Carter-Williams is a professional basketballer and as at the time of this writing, he plays for the Houston Rockets of the NBA. Michael was born in Hamilton, Massachusetts on the 10th of October and in the year 1991. Initially, he was a student of Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School but would later transfer to St. Andrew’s boarding school in Barrington, Rhode Island. Michael was a key player in both of the schools’ teams.
While his parents are Earl Williams and Mandy Zegarowski, he’s also a step-son to Zach Zegarowski and Rosa Williams. His siblings are Masey (younger sister), Marcus, Max, and Adrian (younger brothers). It is said that Michael Carter-Williams is engaged to Tia Shah with whom he has a daughter named Charlie.
Six Things You Should Know About Him
1. His Parents Played Basketball
If you’ve been wondering where he got his talent and skills, here’s your answer – he inherited it. As the story goes, basketball was one of the reasons his parents became life partners. Earl Williams and Mandy Zegarowski met at Salem State University in Salem, Massachusetts where they both represented the schools’ basketball teams.
2. MCW’s Mom Stopped Coaching To Become His Manager
Michael Carter-Williams is super close with his mom and has always taken every chance he gets to talk about how she sacrificed her dreams in order to care for him. From what we’ve learned, Mandy was a single mom and had a hard time raising Michael alone before she met and married Zach Zegarowski.
The woman served successfully as the head coach of Ipswich (Mass.) High School girls basketball team for 10 years before vacating the position in order to focus on being her son’s manager.
3. The Teams He’s Been With
MCW has blazed for a number of teams since he was picked by the Philadelphia 76ers in the first round of the 2013 NBA draft as the 11th overall pick. He stayed with the 76ers until he joined the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2014-15 season.
From the Bucks, he joined the Chicago Bulls in the 2016-17 season and then moved to Charlotte to play for the Hornets. He remained with the team until July 2018 when the Houston Rockets came calling for him.
4. His Salary and Net Worth
Even as it would be mischievous for us to authenticate any of the various figures quoted as Michael Carter-William’s net worth, we have been able to keep track of his salaries over the years in NBA. His biggest pay so far was with the Chicago Bulls where he earned over $3 million. Although what he pocketed with the Hornets is lower as it has been estimated at around $2.7 million, it is larger than the $2.2 million he got while he was with the 76ers and the roughly $2.3 and $2.4 million he respectively bagged with the Bucks in the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons.
5. Career Highlights and Attainments
This bloke started proving his worth as a basketballer right from his high school days. This brought him the 2011 McDonald’s All-American honor. When Michael joined the Orange team of Syracuse University, it took him quite some time to find his form but he eventually asserted himself, earning the 2013 All-Big East second-team honor and that of AP’s All-American as an honorable mention. MCW’s NBA rookie campaign ended on a good note as he made the 2014 NBA All-Rookie First Team and was as well crowned the NBA Rookie of the Year.
6. His Height, Weight, and Body Measurements
In spite of the fact that the advantage of having an above-average height is regarded as secondary to factors like ball-handling skills and precision on several quarters, no one would deny that height determines the performance of a player in this handball game. Anyway, MCW has nothing to worry about in this regard, below are details of his body stats.
Height (without shoes): 6’4.75″
Height (with shoes): 6’7.25″
Standing reach: 8’5″
Hand length: 7.5″
Hand width: 8.5″
Standing leap: 31.5″
Maximum leap: 41″