We’re just a few games into the NBA regular season, so it’s too early to jump to any sort of crazy conclusions, but as for what’s gone down so far, the Sixers have been an amazing, fun surprise. Here’s the Sacramento Bee reporting:

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Someone forgot to tell rookie guard Michael Carter-Williams his Philadelphia 76ers are supposed to be tanking to land a high draft choice.

Carter-Willians, the 11th pick in the draft, had an electrifying debut Wednesday with 22 points, 12 assists, nine steals, seven rebounds and just one turnover in the 76ers’ 114-110 victory over the defending champion Miami Heat.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau:

- Carter-Williams’ nine steals were the most in a debut since steals became an official stat in 1973-74.

- The 12 assists were the second-most in a career debut in NBA history. Ernie DiGregorio had 14 for the Buffalo Braves in 1973-74.

- The 22-12-9-7 combination had been achieved only twice. Utah’s Rickey Green had 26 points, 12 assists, nine steals and seven rebounds in November 1982, and San Antonio’s Johnny Moore had 26 points, 13 assists, nine steals and 11 rebounds in January 1985.