Age at start of 2014-15: 20
2013-14 Per-Game Stats: N/A
This is a hard choice, particularly because Michael Carter-Williams is coming off a season in which he won Rookie of the Year. Then again, that ROY shouldn't mean too much, as Philly.com's Bob Ford explains quite well:
Carter-Williams did lead all rookies in scoring, rebounds, and assists, which sounds great, but those numbers were inflated by the Sixers' pace of play - the highest number of possessions per game of all NBA teams in the last four seasons - by his being on the court for 33 minutes per game, and by the team's mind-boggling lack of other options.
The two questions about Carter-Williams' offensive game as he became a professional were his ability to shoot and his ability to take care of the ball. There was also the unknown matter of his ability to defend one-on-one, because he came out of a Syracuse system that plays zone as if it were a religion.
Well, Carter-Williams shot very poorly and didn't take care of the ball. His defense is harder to quantify because he was on the court with such a collection of losers, but he wasn't any great shakes there, either, going under screens instead of fighting over them against good shooters and struggling to stay on the ball against his man.
MCW could be a great player one day, but he's not even close to that level right now. Plus, the Philadelphia 76ers have already allowed him to spend some time in trade rumors, as Ford notes.
No, it's Nerlens Noel who serves as the centerpiece, fresh off his dominant summer league performance. He may have sat out a full season to let his torn ACL heal as much as possible, but he's ready to go now and should be a strong candidate for Rookie of the Year during a much more competitive season.
Then again, Noel could easily be supplanted by Joel Embiid once he's healthy, and Dario Saric could prove to be a revelation once he eventually joins the organization. There's no telling with a roster this young and this full of untapped potential.