Bradford Doolittle, ESPN: Bucks trade grade: B-plus
The story of this trade began back in October, when Milwaukee failed to reach an agreement with Knight on a rookie extension. Knight was a well-liked player both in the organization and in the locker room, and might have been the hardest worker of all the Bucks....
Carter-Williams' length on defense will be an immediate upgrade from Knight and will further bolster the league's second-ranked defensive unit. He and Khris Middleton should form one of the league's best defensive backcourts....
Ennis is a nice get as a playmaking backup. He barely played in the Suns' cramped backcourt, but averaged 18.3 points and 5.3 assists for Phoenix's D-League team in Bakersfield.... Ennis, if he develops, could be a nice part-time complement to Carter-Williams, a fellow Syracuse product....
The inclusion of Plumlee in the deal is what really puts this trade over the top for the Bucks.
Ben Golliver, SI.com: Bucks grade: B
This trade could go two ways for Milwaukee, depending on how Carter-Williams manages the adjustment to playing for a real NBA team: A) it could wind up looking like a cautious, shrewd approach to salary cap management or, B) it could send them searching for a long-term solution at point guard after developing Knight into just such a commodity....
76ers grade: A
Carter-Williams certainly had his warts this season. His 25.6 percent three-point shooting qualifies as atrocious, he ranks in the top five in turnovers and he penned one of the dumbest essays you’ll ever read for The Players’ Tribune. At 23, he’s older than most top-flight second-year players, and it’s fair to say that his star potential is pretty limited.
Corey DeMoss: Meanwhile, the Bucks continued to acquire long players who can defend multiple positions, as the 6-foot-6 Carter-Williams will join 6-foot-11 Giannis Antetokounmpo and 6-foot-7 Khris Middleton to form an intimidating combination of defenders.
Matt Moore: The Bucks didn't want to pay Brandon Knight this summer, or risk a sign-and-trade falling through, so they went ahead and punted. They picked up a former Rookie of the Year and a decent big to replace Larry Sanders. They nabbed Tyler Ennis who has upside, but they gave up their best player and didn't get a first-rounder back.
Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer: Carter-Williams was the team's leading active scorer at 15 points per game. His 7.4 assists per game rank eighth in the NBA, but he also is averaging 4.2 turnovers.
The second-year player out of Syracuse let his frustration get the best of him on occasion. Two of his biggest outbursts came in road losses to the Dallas Mavericks on Nov. 13 and the Thunder on March 4, 2013.
Carter-Williams' frustration was visible in the second half of a 53-point drubbing by the Mavs. On one play, he did not get back on defense and coach Brett Brown yelled at him. The coach then approached the player during a stoppage. Carter-Williams appeared to point to the scoreboard as a way to say, "Coach, look at the score