Michael Carter-Williams and Nerlens Noel, Philadelphia 76ers
Long, athletic and perfectly built for coach Brett Brown's uptempo attack, Philly's young tandem could finish this season as one of the most statistically strong dyads on this list.
They'll run enough to overstuff the box score, and the Sixers' patient rebuilding plan will give them every opportunity to swim no matter how many times they might sink. Michael Carter-Williams already showed what he can do under Brown's watch, as he and four-time MVP LeBron James were the only two players to average at least 16 points, six rebounds and six assists last season.
So, why didn't this duo crack the actual list? Well, Nerlens Noel remains a total question mark after missing the entire 2013-14 campaign while rehabbing a torn ACL. And Carter-Williams isn't that much easier to figure out, as his numbers came on a 19-win team that hurt for other consistent contributors.
These two should be fun to watch, but it might take some time before there is substance behind the style.
Ricky Rubio and Andrew Wiggins, Minnesota Timberwolves
It's tempting to copy and paste the Sixers' section here.
This is another group of young gazelles featuring a high-flying rookie and a still-developing point guard. Oh, it's also not even officially a pair just yet, but it should be shortly as Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Andrew Wiggins will headline Minnesota's return package for double-double machine Kevin Love.
Once joined together, Wiggins and Ricky Rubio should complement each other well. The former has the physical tools to be a disruptive defender out of the gate, and the latter already wears that label after finishing second in steals each of the last two seasons.
Offensively, they'll hit their rough patches—Rubio is a 36.8 percent shooter for his career, and Wiggins didn't dominate that end in college as often as scouts had hoped—but they should put on some dazzling displays in the open floor.
Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe, Detroit Pistons
In terms of talent, Detroit's finest should rank significantly higher on the list, but they are on the outside looking in for a couple of different reasons.
For starters, it's hard to tell how long this partnership will last.
USA Today's Jeff Zillgitt reported that Greg Monroe will accept his $5.5 million qualifying offer, meaning he'll be slated for unrestricted free agency next summer. Michael Lee of The Washington Post added that Monroe and agent David Falk "pursued sign-and-trade-proposals with at least five other teams," so it's fair to deduce Monroe's days in Motown might be coming to an end.
There's also the unavoidable fact that Monroe and Andre Drummond mix as well as cereal and water, at least as long as Josh Smith is shrinking the floor. Last season, the Pistons were outscored by 6.4 points per 100 possessions with Monroe and Drummond on the floor, via NBA.com, and 8.0 points when all three played together.
Still, Drummond appears on the fast track to stardom, and Monroe has been quietly consistent the last three seasons (at least 15 points and nine rebounds a night). The question marks keep them off the actual list, but they are too good to go unmentioned.