However, that won't be the case this year.
"He's in a completely different role this year," Mark Gottfried said of Warren during his summer press conference. "Last year he was in that role where, whether he played great every night, it didn't always matter because those other four guys were going to probably get something done.
"Now, he's in a position where his team is going to need him to be good in every area, every night. So he's in a completely different role then he was a year ago."
Warren, a 6-foot-8, 230-pounder from Durham, North Carolina, was a McDonald's All-American who developed a reputation in high school for being a prolific scorer from the perimeter, in transition, and in the paint.
What was his role as a freshman? To do just that... light up the scoreboard in an efficient manner.
Warren played 27 minutes per game and led the ACC in field goal shooting (62.2%) while averaging 12.1 points and 4.2 rebounds.
He was even better once Gottfried inserted him into the starting lineup with six games left in the regular season. Warren responded by averaging 14.9 points and 6.0 rebounds while shooting a blistering 63.7% from the field over the Pack's final 10 games.
Warren can score and is extremely talented. However, he and his head coach both know there are aspects of his game where he can improve.
"There is a long list of things," said Gottfried. "Obviously, he's very talented, but we want to see him just as interested in his defense and rebounding as he is scoring.
"I want him to have a better grasp of our offense... things that we're doing offensively and defensively."
"I have to improve on definitely my defense and free throw shooting," Warren stated at the end of the season. "I'm working on that at the moment. I'm in the gym every night, just trying to get after it."
While Gottfried expects a lot out of his top returning player, he has noticed the changes Warren has already made.
"I think he's grown a bit," said Gottfried. "He's a little taller... he's already trimmed his body up. He's removed some of that baby fat. He's starting to look a lot leaner and fitter. Now with him it's about developing all the other areas of his game as well.
"We're going to ask a lot of him, not just from an offensive standpoint. I'm going to ask a lot of him from a lot of different areas."
It also sounds like Gottfried hopes there won't be a lot of pressure on Warren to carry the Wolfpack offensively.
NC State might be the only program in the country to have five players average double figures each of the last two seasons, and that type of balance is what Gottfried hopes to see once again.
"Obviously teams are going to pay a lot more attention to T.J.," said Gottfried. "But, we've had two straight years where we've had five guys average double figures. I don't know if we're capable of that this year because I don't know who can do what yet.
"I'd like to think in the way we play, our system, our style, those other guys are going to develop as well to where they are pretty effective offensive players as well. I don't think you can still key on one guy. It's going to be our job as a coaching staff that those other guys develop to where we don't need just to rely on T.J. Warren to score.
"I think those other young guys can."
As for Warren, he is keeping it simple. He wants to improve as a team an be a leader individually.
"We're going to try and get better everyday," he said. "That's our goal. We're going to surprise a lot of people.
"It's going to be a good opportunity for me. I'm going to try and lead this team the best that I can."