Nerlens Noel was predicted to be a top pick in the 2013 NBA Draft but he was very unlucky as he tore his ACL on February 12 against the Florida Gators and was forced to sit out for the rest of the season.
Even though he ended his college career too soon, he wasn't overlooked by NBA scouts and was eventually selected sixth overall by New Orleans Pelicans and traded right away to the Philadelphia 76ers. However, it could be a long time before we will see a young athletic man back on the floor playing an NBA game.
Sixers head coach Brett Brown hinted that Noel probably won't play this season at all, as reported by USA Today. Since the Sixers are clearly in a rebuilding process, they are not expected to make the playoffs this season, so it doesn't make any sense to force Noel into coming back too soon.
Noel spent one year at Kentucky, where he averaged 10.5 points and 9.46 rebounds per game. Standing at 6"10' (208 cm) tall, he is expected to be a leader for the Sixers frontcourt in the future - especially on the defensive end of the floor as he averaged 4.44 blocks per game during his college career and also added 2.2 steals per game.
With the size and athleticism Noel has, we were really looking forward seeing the connection between him and fellow rookie Michael Carter-Williams.
Carter-Williams could really make the showtime reel with his passing to Noel for alley-oops, but it is looking like we will need to wait another year for Noel's debut.
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