Orlando Magic guard Michael Carter-Williams took it to his former Philadelphia 76ers team on Monday night, finishing with 15 points, six rebounds, three assists, and a couple of steals in 20 minutes during a 21-point Magic victory.
Carter-Williams, who had just signed a second 10-day contract with Orlando prior to the game, received a standing ovation from the Magic fans in attendance in the fourth quarter, and afterward, he was very appreciative:
“It felt great. It was amazing and it meant a lot to me,” said Carter-Williams, according to John Denton of the Magic's official team website. “It means a lot to my teammates and my family to be appreciated. That’s something I feel hasn’t happened in a long time, so that was a big moment and I’m thankful.”
The 27-year-old began the season with the Houston Rockets before being traded to the Chicago Bulls for a second-round draft pick back in January. He was then promptly waived by the Bulls, and earlier this month, he signed a 10-day contract with Orlando.
Carter-Williams is loving his new surroundings so far:
“I love the people here, love the team and the organization and the crowd and everything that’s going on,” he said, per Denton. “I’m just coming in here with a positive attitude and giving it my all. I’m just thankful.”
The Hamilton, Ma. native, who played his collegiate basketball at Syracuse University, was originally selected by the Sixers with the 11th overall pick of the 2013 NBA Draft.
Carter-Williams went on to win the Rookie of the Year award before fizzling out in the coming years.