A year ago Michael Carter-Williams was preparing for his sophomore season at Syracuse. He proceeded to accumulate 271 assists in the regular season (7.3 per game) second most in Division I basketball last year.

Unfortunately he committed 122 turnovers as well (3.4 per game). Carter-Williams’ assist-to-turnover ratio did not even crack the top 50 in the country.

He knew the turnovers were a problem and he apparently decided not to bring them to the NBA.

The Sixers have committed 71 turnovers in three preseason games and MCW is responsible for only one of them.

“Taking care of the ball is something I have been trying to work on” Carter-Williams said. “I had a few turnovers in college so I am trying to get better each and every day. In practice I have had some turnovers but I am working on taking care of the ball and making smart plays.”

MCW is leading the team in the preseason with 16 assists. Playing at the pace that Brett Brown insists upon and having that assist-to-turnover ratio (16-to-1) is astounding.

Brown swears he never mentioned to his rookie starting point guard: Take care of the ball or else.