Carter-Williams found himself on the bench his freshman year at Syracuse getting around 10 minutes a game but would take a big leap his sophomore year. Averaging 11.9 ppg, 7.3 apg, 5.0 rpg, and an outstanding 2.7 spg, Carter-Williams would declare for the NBA draft where he would be picked by the Philadelphia 76ers with the 11th pick. Carter-Williams 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 Sixers had a record breaking losing streak (they were clearly tanking) Carter-Williams' play showed promise.
Ok, now lets talk about Noel. He came into Lexington, Kentucky living up to the hype as a freshman. He was averaging 10.5 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 2.1 spg and an outstanding 4.4 bpg. He was already considered the consensus No. 1 pick in the upcoming draft, but then came the ACL tear. 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. Still considered to be the top pick Noel fell all the way to the New Orleans Pelicans at No. 6 where they would draft the 6'11" big man out of Kentucky. It seemed once Noel got his Pelicans hat on he was traded. The Sixers traded All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday for Noel and a 2014 first-round pick. The City of Philadelphia was shocked! Noel went on to sit his ENTIRE rookie season but would impress in this year's Summer League.
Now we're here in the middle of Sam Hinkie's tank plan. We have yet to see the Carter-Williams/Noel duo play together on the NBA level. Carter-Williams is currently recovering from shoulder surgery while 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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