Philadelphia 76ers point guard Michael Carter-Williams, last season's NBA Rookie of the Year, will miss Monday night's game against the New Orleans Pelicans with flu-like symptoms, Coach Brett Brown said.
“It's the same thing that has kind of gone through the team,” Brown said of the illness. “The large majority of us have had it.”
Brown said Larry Drew II, on the first day of his second 10-day contract with the 76ers (8-35), will start in Carter-Williams' place. Brown said Carter-Williams had been fighting through the ailment in recent days.
“He guts through the Toronto game (Friday) and played really well,” Brown said. “He guts through the Memphis (road) game (Saturday) and looked like his energy was sapped, and tonight he will not play.
“So, it's just been a progressive illness that has finally caught up with him.”
Carter-Williams, the No. 11 draft pick in 2013 from Syracuse, is averaging 15.3 points, 7.1 assists, 6.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game and is the team's catalyst. Only he and Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook are averaging at least 15.0 points, 7.0 assists and 6.0 rebounds this season.
Carter-Williams keyed the Sixers' 96-81 victory over the Pelicans (23-21) on Jan. 16 in Philadelphia with a game-high 22 points.
Drew, the son of Cleveland Cavaliers assistant coach Larry Drew Sr., signed his first 10-day contract with Philadelphia on the morning the 76ers played the Pelicans. He was called up from the NBA Development League Sioux Falls Skyforce, where he averaged 11.0 points, 10.1 assists, 3.6 rebounds and 1.86 steals in 21 games.
“He's a coach's son, so pass is not a four-letter word to him,” Brown said. “We'll start Larry and have confidence that he'll be fine.”