Michael Carter-Williams of the Milwaukee Bucks has had quite a rough season, and now it has gotten even worse. The team announced on Monday that Carter-Williams will undergo season-ending hip surgery on March 10 to repair a torn labrum.
This season, Carter-Williams is averaging 11.5 points, 5.2 assists, and 5.1 rebounds per game, which are all the lowest averages of his career so far. While his career hasn’t been long at all, only three seasons so far, he has been regressing in a lot of his stats each season since his rookie year with the Philadelphia 76ers. He lost his starting job this year when the Bucks were able to go on a bit of a run when he was hurt earlier in the season, and he has still yet to find a consistent shooting stroke to make himself a real offensive weapon. While he had his best overall field goal percentage this season in 45.2%, he also had a three-point percentage of 27.3%.
That being said, the Milwaukee Bucks are actually a little better per 100 possessions on both offense and defense with Carter-Williams on the floor. However, the team may be able to find the shooting they had the first time Carter-Williams went down. An improvement in shooting is something this team would definitely need, and it shouldn’t be hard to put in a replacement that can shoot at least 30% from three. The Bucks are not looking to be the team everyone expected, so we’ll still have to wait and see if they can right the wrong that was the trade of Brandon Knight for Carter-Williams.