MICHAEL Carter-Williams has a blueprint on how he plans to excel in playing the point guard position for Milwaukee: play like his Bucks coach Jason Kidd did in his prime.
Carter-Williams, the 2014 NBA Rookie of the Year, said he is making the most out of the opportunity in learning to play the position from one of the master point guards like Kidd.
“I pick his brain a lot,” said Carter-Williams in an interview during media availability on Thursday at the Conrad Hotel. “I love the way he passes the ball, I love the way he is aggressive on defense and scores the ball. He played at an unbelievable pace and I’m trying to work to get to that pace.”
After his first full season with Milwaukee after being traded from Philadephia, the 6-foot-6 Carter-Williams is eyeing to get more wins in the Eastern Conference, which is once again expected to be dominated by the reigning champion Cleveland Cavaliers.
“I think we need to stick together, focus on defense, and share the ball offensively,” said Carter-Williams.
The Bucks have retooled their line-up, adding Matthew Dellavedova via trade and getting South Sudanese big man Thon Maker in the recent draft.
“We got guys who can really score the ball. This year, I’m just focused on winning,” he said.
Carter-Williams is in Manila as the special guest in the NBA 3x Philippines, which will be held August 19-21 at the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall. He will be joined by the Minnesota Timberwolves Dancers and the Los Angeles Clippers mascot Chuck the Condor.
The former Syracuse Orange said 3-on-3 is a great way to learn the game.
“3-on-3 is great. We still play 3-on-3 in practice. It’s great to compete. Can’t really hide in 3-on 3. It’s good to show your skills, set some screens, move around, and learn many things,” said Carter-Williams.
Tipoff of the NBA 3X weekend begins on Friday at 5 p.m. and will run until Sunday where the final matches will be played.