Tuesday’s showdown in Philadelphia between 76ers guard Michael Carter-Williams and Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo was more than just a spectacular display by two future stars. It was a microcosm of this season’s race for Rookie of the Year.
In case you live in an igloo, both Carter-Williams and Oladipo had their first career triple-doubles in a wild double-overtime affair won by the Sixers, 126-125. MCW had 27 points, 12 rebounds and 10 while the “Little O” had 26, 10 and 10.
This is less of a stat and more of an oddball occurrence, but according to Elias, it marked the first time in NBA history that two rookies had their first triple-doubles in the same game.
Carter-Williams and Oladipo have been 1-2 in our Rookie Rankings since the start of the season, with very little separating the two.