Carter-Williams found himself on the bench his freshman year at Syracuse getting around ten minutes a game but would take a big leap his sophomore year. Averaging 11.9ppg, 7.3apg, 5.0rpg, and an outstanding 2.7spg, MCW would declare for the NBA draft where he would be picked by the Philadelphia 76ers with the 11th pick. MCW would go on to win rookie of the year putting up stats that haven't been seen by a rookie since Magic Johnson's rookie year in 1980 (The year he crushed the Sixers in the Finals). Although the team had a record breaking losing streak (We were clearly tanking) his play showed promise.
Ok now lets talk about Nerlens Noel. He came into Lexington,Kentucky living up to the hype as a freshman. He was averaging 10.5ppg, 9.5rpg, 2.1spg, and an outstanding 4.4bpg. He was already considered the consensus number one pick in the upcoming draft, but then the ACL Tear came. He was ruled out for the year and was also projected to miss at least half of his rookie season if he were to enter the draft and despite of that report he entered. Still considered to be the top pick Nerlens fell all the way to the New Orleans Pelicans at the 6th pick where they would draft the 7'0 big man out of Kentucky. It seemed once Nerlens got his Pelicans hat on he was traded. The Sixers traded All-Star PG Jrue Holiday for Nerlens Noel and a 2014 1st round pick. The City of Philadelphia was shocked! Nerlens went on to sit his ENTIRE rookie season but would impress in the next years Summer League.
Now were here in the middle of Sam Hinkie's tank plan. We have yet to see the MCW/Noel duo play together on the NBA level. Carter-Williams is currently recovering from a shoulder surgery while Nerlens Noel is trying to add some muscle and work on his conditioning for his NBA Debut. Although the future is unknown it looks very promising for these two guys and the Philadelphia 76ers. We as fans just have to hope for the best.
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