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Gerald Henderson (CHA)
2011 Stats: 15.1 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 2.3 APG, 0.7 SPG
When you add in Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Kemba Walker, both of whom just barely missed making this list, Charlotte currently has one of the better young trios in the league.
Henderson has been a coveted player since his high school days in the suburbs of Philadelphia, bringing athleticism and a nice scoring touch. He finally took another step forward in 2011-12, as he became Bobcats' go-to man when they needed buckets. He'll be a nice player for a number of years going forward.
Thaddeus Young (PHI)
2011 Stats: 12.8 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 1.2 APG, 1.0 SPG, 0.7 BPG
As they say, stats can be deceiving.
Playing a "role" as Philadelphia's second man off the bench for much of his career, Young has put together impressive numbers considering the decrease in minutes over the last couple seasons. He's never been considered "elite," but his combination of length, athleticism and grit have made him one of the more successful projects in Philly since Allen Iverson.
Young, unlike some of the other 24-year-olds on this list, has already played five years in the league. Not only does he have good experience with which he can build on, but he also has plenty left in the tank to extend his number of productive professional seasons further than most his age.
Jeremy Lin (HOU)
2011 Stats: 14.6 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 6.2 APG, 1.6 SPG
Aside from the "Linsanity" craze that swept the nation, Jeremy Lin was actually a pretty solid point guard for the Knicks before he got injured. The man had seven double-doubles (points and assists) in a 20-game stretch, and his only major weakness was turnovers—which can be fixed.
Now he'll be replacing Goran Dragic in Houston, a system Lin will fit in nicely. He might never win a championship or even be selected for an All-Star game, but he has the potential to be a starter for the Rockets for years to come.
MarShon Brooks (BRK)
2011 Stats: 12.6 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 2.3 APG, 0.9 SPG
Even as a sixth man in Brooklyn, tweener MarShon Brooks will continue to thrive. He'll be an excellent scorer off the bench to replace either Joe Johnson or Gerald Wallace, which gives Brooklyn depth, something it needs more of in 2012-13.